Medi-Cal Update

Part 1 - Program and Eligibility | September 2017

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1. Remittance Advice Detail Code 010: Denials for Duplicate Claims

A frequent cause of claim denials by Medi-Cal is due to incorrect recipient admission and discharge dates and/or incorrect patient status codes submitted by providers. Erroneous “from-through” dates or patient status billed by one provider and paid by Medi-Cal can result in the denial of correct claims billed by another provider. This often occurs between hospitals and nursing homes during the transfer of the recipient. Providers see this on their Remittance Advice Details (RADs) as a claim denied by RAD code 010.

Should the denied provider choose to dispute the claim and there is no resolution between the two providers regarding the dates in question, Medi-Cal could recoup the full reimbursement of the original erroneously paid claim, and will not make an adjustment without a correction request from that provider.

Incorrectly paid and denied claims can also create incorrect provider reimbursement data and inaccuracies in the health service records that may impact beneficiary share of cost, access to services and estate recovery.

For assistance in resolving these issues, providers are advised to write to the Correspondence Specialist Unit at:

Correspondence Specialist Unit
P.O. Box 13029
Sacramento, CA 95813-4029

For information about proper claim form completion, refer to the claim completion section in the appropriate Part 2 manual.

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2. New Presumptive Eligibility Aid Code 8L

Effective for dates of service on or after August 1, 2017, new aid code 8L (accelerated enrollment) is added to the Medi-Cal eligibility verification system to provide immediate, temporary, fee-for-service, full-scope Medi-Cal benefits for adults ages 19 or older.

Aid code 8L is eligible for Local Educational Agency (LEA) services. It is also valid for Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) services for both a mother/aid code recipient and an infant using a mother's ID. Furthermore, aid code 8L does not have a Share of Cost (SOC).

This information is reflected in the following provider manual(s):

Provider Manual(s) Page(s) Updated
CHDP
Part 1
aid codes (30)
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3. New GMC Plans for Sacramento and San Diego Counties: UnitedHealthcare

Effective for dates of service on or after October 1, 2017, new Geographic Managed Care (GMC) Health Care Plans (HCPs) will begin operation in Sacramento and San Diego counties.

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California (HCP 017) will join existing GMC plans in Sacramento County.

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California (HCP 018) will join existing GMC plans in San Diego County.

Medi-Cal recipients in both counties have received notices explaining how these changes could affect them. Providers may contact UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California at 1-866-270-5785 for more information.

This information is reflected in the following provider manual(s):

Provider Manual(s) Page(s) Updated
Part 1 mcp code dir (14, 16, 17); mcp gmc (3)
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4. AEVS: Carrier Codes for Other Health Coverage: September 2017 Update

The AEVS: Carrier Codes for Other Health Coverage list has been updated. These codes are updated monthly. Additions and changes are shown in bold and underlined type on the updated provider manual pages. Updates are listed below.

Addition(s)
Code Carrier
B059 ANTHEM BLUE CROSS OF CA EPO
C026 CERNER
M050 MODA HEALTH
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5. Medi-Cal Suspended and Ineligible Provider List is Updated

The monthly-updated Medi-Cal Suspended and Ineligible Provider List (S&I List) is available on the Suspended and Ineligible Provider List page of the Medi-Cal website.

Always refer to the S&I List when verifying ineligibility. Eligibility or ineligibility must also be verified through the Health and Human Services (HHS) Federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals/Entities.

Suspension of Entities Submitting Claims for Suspended Providers
Entities submitting claims for services rendered by a health care provider suspended from Medi-Cal or excluded from Medicare or Medicaid by the OIG are subject to Medi-Cal suspension.

Welfare and Institutions Code (W&I Code), section 14043.61, subdivision (a), states, in relevant part, that “a provider shall be subject to suspension if claims for payment are submitted under any provider number used by the provider to obtain reimbursement from Medi-Cal for the services, goods, supplies or merchandise provided, directly or indirectly, to a Medi-Cal recipient by an individual or entity that is suspended, excluded, or otherwise ineligible because of a sanction to receive, directly or indirectly, reimbursement from Medi-Cal and the individual or entity is listed on either the Medi-Cal Suspended and Ineligible Provider List or any list published by the Federal Office of Inspector General regarding the suspension or exclusion of individuals or entities from the Federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, to identify suspended, excluded, or otherwise ineligible providers.”

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6. Medi-Cal Hotlines


Medi-Cal Hotlines  
Border Providers (916) 636-1200
DHCS Medi-Cal Fraud Hotline 1-800-822-6222
Telephone Service Center (TSC) 1-800-541-5555
Provider Telecommunications Network (PTN) 1-800-786-4346

For a complete listing of specialty programs and hours of operation, refer to the Medi-Cal Directory in the provider manual.

Mailing Address:
Conduent
PO Box 13029
Sacramento, CA 95813-4029

Medi-Cal Fraud is Against the Law
Medi-Cal fraud costs taxpayers million each year and can endanger the health of Californians. Help protect Medi-Cal and yourself by reporting violations today.

DHCS Medi-Cal Fraud Hotline: 1-800-822-6222

The call is free and you can remain anonymous. Knowingly participating in fraudulent activities can result in prosecution and jail time. Help prevent Medi-Cal fraud.

Stop Illegal Tobacco Sales
The simplest way to stop illegal tobacco sales to minors is for merchants to check ID and verify the age of the tobacco purchasers. Report illegal tobacco sales to 1-800-5-ASK-4-ID.

For more information, see the California Department of Public Health – California Tobacco Control Program website.

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