To expedite the handling of paper claims, consider these few
- Some claim forms come with an attachment piece on the bottom
of the form. If the form is perforated on the bottom, please
remove the attachment in your office before mailing.
- Many providers use CMS1500 forms that are attached as they
run through a printer. To speed the handling of these claims,
please burst them before mailing.
- If you have an attachment to a claim, please staple the
attachment behind the claim. This will ensure the right
attachment is kept with the right claim.
- One vs. multiple-paged claims: If you have a multiple-paged
claim, do not put the total on each page. You must place
the total on the last or final page of the multiple-paged claim.
If you put a total on each page, Medicare will consider the page
a stand-alone claim. Also, if you have attachments (e.g.,
operative notes) for a multiple-page claim, it is especially
important not to total each page of the claim and then attach
the operative notes. The claim will be separated in our office,
and most likely, your operative notes may get attached to the
wrong part of the claim. Remember, on multiple page claims,
place the total on only the last page of the claim and then the
attachments and staple together.
- If you file both non-assigned and assigned claims, please
send your non-assigned claims in a separate envelope than your
- Do not print any information on the top portion of the
CMS1500. This space is needed for Medicare to place the Internal
Control Number (ICN).
By following these few helpful hints, you will ensure that your
paper claims will be handled properly. However, if you don’t want to
have to deal with these minor details, you might want to consider
Source: Louisiana Medicare Services;
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