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Government Providers: Resubmit Claims Previously Incorrectly Rejected for Invalid NDCs

Posted August 2, 2019

This notice applies to providers submitting electronic claims for the following Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) members:

  • Blue Cross Community Health PlansSM (BCCHPSM)
  • Blue Cross Community MMAI (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)SM

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has worked with the Illinois Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to confirm that we have the correct National Drug Codes (NDCs) validation process in place so claims with compliant codes are received and processed correctly.

BCBSIL has updated its systems based on directions from HFS and as of July 25, 2019, BCBSIL is prepared to accept any claims previously rejected for invalid NDCs. The earliest possible rejection for this issue would have occurred on a claim with a March 15, 2017, date of service (DOS). Claims may continue to reject and will not be adjusted if the submitted codes on claims remain non-compliant.

Summary of change and compliant submission requirements:

Prior to this change, BCBSIL was validating all NDCs submitted on claims. BCBSIL has modified our process to align with HFS. On 837I claim submissions, BCBSIL will only validate NDCs that are present and valid based on the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) billed on the claim line. This same process will be followed to validate 837P claim lines if a given procedure code on the claim line requires an NDC per HFS guidance. If HFS requires the NDC for the procedure code, the NDC will be evaluated accordingly.

BCBSIL validates NDCs using MediSpan®. Providers should ensure NDCs used in billing processes are validated against a similar pharmacy database and the NDC is valid on the DOS.     

What You Need to Do

  1. Submit any claim previously accidentally rejected for invalid NDCs through the Availity® Provider Portal or your preferred vendor portal. This should not be marked as a corrected claim. For claims that are past the BCBSIL timely filing limits, the claim will deny for timely filing. Please disregard this denial. We need to capture the claim in our system to waive the timely filing requirement.
  2. BCBSIL will run reporting to identify claims that previously rejected for invalid NDCs in error that tie to claims that are now denying for timely filing in the system. This will be done monthly for a period of three months beginning on Sept. 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.
  3. We will then adjust the claims that were previously rejected in error for invalid NDCs within 30 days and send a report of all adjusted claims to impacted providers at the end of each month through November 2019.

Providers are advised that the following rejections may still occur following implementation of this change in the 277CA:

Invalid NDC

Element

Value

X12 Description

STC01-1

A3

Acknowledgement/Returned as unprocessable claim-The claim/encounter has been rejected and has not been entered into the adjudication system.

STC01-2

218

NDC number

STC12

 

BCCHP will indicate the invalid NDC submitted inbound that caused the error.

Missing NDC

Element

Value

X12 Description

STC01-1

A6

Acknowledgement/Returned for Missing Information -The claim/encounter is missing the information specified in the Status details and has been rejected. 

STC01-2

218

NDC number

Please refer to the IAMHP Comprehensive Billing Manual for further education on NDC submission rules for Illinois Medicaid. 

Please share this notice with your practice management/hospital information system software vendor, billing service or clearinghouse, if applicable.  

If you have any questions, please contact your assigned Provider Network Consultant (PNC). To locate your PNC, refer to the Provider Network Consultant Assignments page.

Availity is a trademark of Availity, LLC, a separate company that operates a health information network to provide electronic information exchange services to medical professionals. Availity provides administrative services to BCBSIL. Medi-Span is a trademark of the Health division of Wolters Kluwer, an independent third party vendor that is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. BCBSIL makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services provided by third party vendors such as Availity or Wolters Kluwer. If you have any questions about the products or services provided by such vendors, you should contact the vendor(s) directly.