Submitting Unlisted or Miscellaneous Codes: Billing Guidelines and Reminders

November 7, 2022

When billing with unlisted or miscellaneous codes on claims submitted to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, you may avoid additional documentation requests by describing the specific drug, service, supply or procedure provided. This will help avoid processing delays or denials, and unnecessary requests for medical records and/or supporting documentation.

What are unlisted or miscellaneous codes?

These are codes labeled as Non-Specified, Not Listed, Not Elsewhere Specified (NEC), Not Otherwise Classified (NOC), Not Otherwise Specified (NOS), Unclassified, Unlisted, or Unspecified.

Pre-service Review

Some unlisted or miscellaneous codes could require prior authorization to determine coverage and benefits. Be sure to check eligibility and benefits via Availity® Essentials or your preferred vendor to confirm prior authorization requirements and vendors, if applicable. If prior authorization is required, services performed without prior authorization or that do not meet medical necessity criteria may be denied for payment and the rendering provider may not seek reimbursement from the member.

If you submit a prior authorization or predetermination request that includes an unlisted or miscellaneous code, be sure to include a detailed description of the service. along with any documentation to support your request. This step helps avoid the need for post-service medical necessity review.

Refer to our Utilization Management section for more information, such as how to submit electronic requests for prior authorization.

Claim Filing

Claims submitted with an unlisted or miscellaneous code without a description are typically denied for lack of supporting documentation. Get your claims processed faster by submitting a pre-service request as noted above and/or including a description of the specific drug, service, supply or procedure, along with supporting documentation on your claim.

When using unlisted or miscellaneous codes on claims for all Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana members:

  • Use the most specific unlisted or miscellaneous code that’s available if a code doesn’t exist that accurately describes the drug, service, supply or procedure.
  • Describe the service and include documentation when submitting claims with codes that are identified as “unlisted” or “miscellaneous.”

More Information: Learn more about filing claims in the Claims and Eligibility section of our provider website.

This material is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a definitive source for coding claims. Health care providers are instructed to submit claims using the most appropriate code(s) based upon the medical record documentation and coding guidelines and reference materials. Checking eligibility and/or benefit information and/or obtaining prior authorization or pre-notification is 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 contract, including, but not limited to, exclusions and limitations applicable on the date services were rendered. If you have any questions, call the number on the member's ID card.

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