Handling Form CMS-1500 Claims Where an ICD-9-CM ìEî Code is Reported as the First Diagnosis on the Claim

This CR will bring the policy for handling form CMS-1500 claims into alignment with the policy for handling claims initially submitted in electronic format. The ICD-9-CM code set prohibits an ìEî code from being reported as principal diagnosis (first-listed) on a claim. This guidance also applies to V00-Y99 (external causes of morbidity) equivalent ICD-10 CM diagnosis codes. Therefore, if an ìEî code or V00-Y99 range ICD-10 CM diagnosis code is the first listed diagnosis code on the CMS-1500, the claim would not conform to the ICD-9-CM code set and electronic transmission of the electronic claim to a Coordination of Benefits Agreement (COBA) trading partner would not be HIPAA compliant. CR7700 applies this reasoning to claims submitted on CMS-1500 on or after January 1, 2013. Claims returned or denied as a result of these edits will show remittance advice remarks code message MA63 (Missing/incomplete/invalid principal diagnosis) and claim adjustment reason code 16 (Claim/service lacks information which is needed for adjudication).

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