New ClaimsXtenTM Rules to be Implemented
Beginning on or after September 18, 2017, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will implement 4 new rules to the ClaimsXten software database. These new rules are defined as:
- Add On Without Base Code – This rule will identify claim lines containing a CPT/HCPCS add-on- code billed without the presence of one or more related primary service/base procedure codes. According to American Medical Association (AMA), "add-on codes are always performed in addition to the primary service/procedure, and must never be reported as a stand-alone code."
- Global Component Billing – This rule will identify procedure codes which have components (professional and technical) to prevent overpayment for either the professional or technical components or the global procedure. The rule will also identify when duplicate submissions occur for the total global procedure or its components across different providers.
- Duplicate Component Billing – This rule identifies when a professional or technical component of a procedure is submitted and the same global procedure was previously submitted by the same provider ID for the same member for the same date of service.
- New Patient Code for Established Patient – Identifies claim lines containing new patient procedure codes that are submitted for established patients. According to AMA, "A new patient is one who has not received any professional services from the physician or another physician of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice, within the last 3 years." As well, similar guidance is provided by Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS): According to Pub 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual Ch. 12, Physicians/Non-Physicians Practitioners, Section 30.6.7, Subsection A, "Medicare interpret the phrase "new patient" to mean a patient who has not received any professional services, i.e., E/M service or other face-to-face service (e.g., surgical procedure) from the physician or physician group practice (same physician specialty) within the previous three years."
For more details regarding ClaimsXten, including answers to frequently asked questions, refer to the Education & Reference/Provider Tools/ Clear Claim Connection page on our Provider website at bcbstx.com/provider. Information also may be published in upcoming issues of the Blue Review.
Checks of eligibility and/or benefit information are not a guarantee of payment. Benefits will be determined once a claim is received and will be based upon, among other things, the member's eligibility and the terms of the member's certificate of coverage applicable on the date services were rendered.
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