Last Modified: 6/13/2020
Location: FL, PR, USVI
Business: Part A
Q: We are receiving reject reason code 34538, so what steps can we take to avoid this reason code?
for a description associated with the Medicare Part A reason code(s). Enter a valid reason code into the box and click the submit button.
A: You are receiving this reason code when the beneficiary or the spouse was/is working for the date(s) of service and the employer’s insurance is primary to Medicare.
Upon patient registration and prior to submitting the claim, have the beneficiary complete the Medicare secondary payer (MSP) questionnaire
located in the Medicare Secondary Payer Internet-only manual (IOM), Publication 100-05, chapter 3, section 20.1.2.
There are several ways to confirm beneficiary eligibility:
• Note: Customer service representatives cannot assist you with eligibility information and are required, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to refer you to the IVR.
Obtain the beneficiary’s eligibility via the SPOT
(Secure Provider Online Tool).
If the information is invalid
The provider or the beneficiary must contact the Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center (BCRC)
at 1-855-798-2627, to have the record updated. Once the record is updated, refile the claim to Medicare for primary payment consideration.
If the information is valid
File the claim to the primary insurance listed on the beneficiary’s records and then to Medicare for secondary payment consideration
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