National Drug Code (NDC) Billing Update for Medicare Advantage Claims

Sep. 14, 2017

Beginning Dec. 15, 2017, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) will activate edits to validate NDCs that are submitted on electronic and paper professional and institutional Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (PPO)SM and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (HMO)SM claims. These validation edits are being implemented to align with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) encounter data submission requirements. Providers should confirm that the NDCs submitted are appropriate for services rendered and active for the date(s) of service billed.

The table below specifies which NDC-related elements must be entered if NDCs are included on electronic professional and institutional claims for Medicare Advantage members. Claims submitted containing NDCs may be rejected if any of these data elements are missing or incorrect. Rejected claims must be resubmitted with the correct data. If you use a billing service or clearinghouse, please share the above information with your vendor. 

Elements Required when NDC is Present

on Electronic Claims

Professional Electronic Claim (837P) Loops and Segments

Institutional Electronic Claim

(837I) Loops and Segments

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) or Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Code

Loop 2400, SV101-1 = HC

 

Loop 2400, SV101-2 = [CPT/HCPCS code]

Loop 2400, SV202-1 = HC

 

Loop 2400, SV202-2 = [CPT/HCPCS code]

If the CPT/HCPCS code in SV101-2 (professional claim) / SV202-2 (institutional claim) is an unlisted procedure code or Not Otherwise Classified (NOC)” code, a description is required

Loop 2400, SV101-7

Loop 2400, SV202-7

Line Item Charge Amount

Loop 2400, SV102

Loop 2400, SV203

Unit of Measurement Code

Loop 2400, SV103 = UN

Loop 2400, SV204 = UN

Service Unit Count

Loop 2400, SV104

Loop 2400, SV205

NDC Qualifier

Loop 2410, LIN02 = N4

Loop 2410, LIN02 = N4

NDC (11-character alpha-numeric value containing no spaces, hyphens or special characters)

Loop 2410, LIN03 = NDC Number

Loop 2410, LIN03 = NDC Number

Quantity / Dosage* (Number of NDC units)

Loop 2410, CTP04

Loop 2410, CTP04

Unit of Measure (UOM = UN, ML, GR or F2)

Loop 2410, CTP05-1

Loop 2410, CTP05-1

Prescription Number (when applicable)

Loop 2410, REF01 = XZ

 

REF02 = [prescription number]

Loop 2410, REF01 = XZ

 

REF02 = [prescription number]

If NDCs are submitted on paper professional (CMS-1500) and institutional (UB-04) claims for Medicare Advantage members, the following NDC-related elements must be included: 

Professional (CMS-1500) fields

  • 24A – (shaded area) – NDC Qualifier, NDC 11-digit number, Unit of Measure Qualifier and Unit Quantity
  • 24D – CPT/HCPCS code
  • 24G – HCPCS unit

Institutional (UB-04) fields

  • 42 – Revenue code 
  • 43 – Revenue Code Description, NDC Qualifier, NDC 11-digit number, Unit of Measure Qualifier and Unit Quantity
  • 44 – HCPCS code
  • 45 – Service/Assessment Date
  • 46 – Service Units

*For assistance with calculating the number of NDC units, independently contracted BCBSMT providers may access the NDC Units Calculator Tool at no cost through our secure site – look for the Secure Provider Portal link on our provider website Home page at bcbsmt.com/provider. The NDC Units Calculator Tool is also available via the Availity™ Web Portal.

For additional claim-related information, refer to the Claims & Eligibility/Claim Submissions section of our Provider Website.  Also, independently contracted providers may refer to the appropriate Provider Manual located in the Secure Provider Portal. As always, your assigned BCBSMT Provider Network Representative is available to provide personalized assistance to you and your staff.

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