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NDC Description for J Codes

We are getting some denials from United Healthcare when we submit claims to them with J codes. In the procedure description area on the CMS1500, it always starts with a "ZZ". For J codes, there is a special format that needs to be used to report NDC numbers, etc. In that instance, the line cannot begin with "ZZ". How can I remove the ZZ from drug lines of service?

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CS Dental Employee
CS Dental Employee

Re: NDC Description for J Codes

Only way to remove the "zz"
Tables > practice > practice preferences > Insurance tab > uncheck print procedure descriptions on HCFAA. THis will remove description and zz from all Medical claims.
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Re: NDC Description for J Codes

I still need descriptions on the claim for all lines of service that are not J codes, though. The descriptions for those lines of service (CPT, HCPCS) can start with "zz".

For J codes, I definitely need a description (which is a formula set by carriers to include the drug's NDC code, dosage, etc.), but that description cannot start with "zz". In our case, the line must start with "N4". 

Here is an example of what United Healthcare requires.

https://www.uhcprovider.com/content/dam/provider/docs/public/claims/NDC-Requirement-FAQ.pdf

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Re: NDC Description for J Codes

After researching i found a CR ( change request ) for this issue in the works, not sure of a release date on it. In the meantime claims are supposed to be sent as normal and if a rejection is received contact us with the information and we have someone that will fix it internally and resend on your offices behalf.

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Re: NDC Description for J Codes

Thank you for Carestream's offer of assistance. I don't think we are looking to effectively outsource our billing for claims with J codes, as much as just have the appropriate line description from the beginning, as required by the medical carriers.

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