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HMSA is in the process of upgrading its claims processing system for private business claims. During the transition from old system to new, some claims will process using HMSA's existing edits and others will process using the new claims processing system with Ingenix edits. Because HMSA is transitioning to a new system, it does not plan to incorporate the policy changes into the old system. As a result, providers may notice small variations in processed claims, depending on whether the old system or the new system was used for processing.
The guidelines described below apply to claims processed under the new claims processing system. The guidelines should be used for filing all private business claims.
The code edit changes described in the guidelines below will not override HMSA's existing medical policies.
When billing for surgical services with other services, it is important to bill accurately.
When the surgical code is billed with an Evaluation & Management (E/M) visit, a modifier code must be appended to the E/M code to ensure that both services are paid when appropriate. The following modifiers may be used for this purpose: 24, 25 and 57.
When two or more surgical codes are billed together, a modifier code(s) must be appended to one or more of the surgical codes. Modifiers that may be used include 51, 58, 59, 76, 78, 79, LT, RT and other site specific modifiers. Practitioners are urged to familiarize themselves with the criteria listed in CPT and in the following policies.
Modifier codes should only be used when the service meets the criteria described in CPT and HMSA's policies. HMSA will perform postpayment reviews of modifier usage as needed to verify modifiers were used as described. If postpayment review indicates that modifiers were not used appropriately, HMSA will request return of any overpayment. See Benefit Overpayment.
The following code edits apply to surgical services from the 10000 series of CPT billed with other services.
If the code in the left column is billed with any of the codes in the right column, one of the codes will deny. The reason for the denial may vary because:
However, unless otherwise indicated, a modifier may be used to request separate payment if the criteria for the use of the modifier are met.
Codes from the 10000 series billed with other codes from the same series
Codes from the 10000 series billed with other codes from the Surgery section
Codes from the 10000 series billed with codes from the Medicine section
Codes from the 10000 series billed with Evaluation and Management services
Codes from the 10000 series billed with HCPCS code G0168
Note: The above lists are not all inclusive and are subject to change.
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|1.0||01/29/2008||Added note that the code combination of 17110 and 17111 can not be overridden with a modifier. The codes are mutually exclusive.|