Wis. Admin. Code Office of the Commissioner of Insurance § Ins 3.651 - Standardized explanation of benefits and remittance advice format

Current through November 29, 2021

(1) PURPOSE. This section implements s. 632.725(2) (c), Stats., by prescribing the requirements for the following, to be used by insurers providing health care coverage to one or more residents of this state:
(a) Remittance advice forms that insurers furnish to health care providers.
(b) Explanation of benefits forms that insurers furnish to insureds.
(2) DEFINITIONS. In addition to the definitions in s. Ins 3.65, in this section, "claim adjustment reason codes" means the claim disposition codes of the American national standards institute accredited standards committee X12 (ASC X12).

Note: The claim adjustment reason codes referenced in subsections (2), (3) (b) 4. i., (4) (a) 5. f. and (5), form OCI 17-007, may be obtained from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, P. O. Box 7873, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7873 or on the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance website at http://oci.wi.gov/.

(3) REMITTANCE ADVICE TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.
(a) Use of remittance advice form required; exception.
1. With each payment to a health care provider, an insurer shall provide a remittance advice form conforming to the format specified in Appendix A, except as provided in subd. 2. and par. (d).
2. The remittance advice form of an insurer with less than $50,000 in annual premiums for health insurance sold in this state, as reported in its most recent annual statement, is not required to conform to the format specified in Appendix A but, with each payment to a health care provider, the insurer shall provide a remittance advice form which includes all of the applicable information specified in par. (b).
(b) Information required. The remittance advice form shall include, at a minimum, all of the following information:
1. The insurer's name and address and the telephone number of a section of the insurer designated to handle questions and appeals from health care providers.
2. The insured's name and policy number, certificate number or both.
3. The last name followed by the first name and middle initial of each patient for whom the claim is being paid, the patient identification number and the patient account number, if it has been supplied by the health care provider.
4. For each claim, all of the following on a single line:
a. The date or dates the service was provided or procedure performed.
b. The CPT-4, HCPCS or CDT-1 code.
c. The amount charged by the health care provider.
d. The amount allowed by the insurer.
e. The deductible amount.
f. The copayment amount.
g. The coinsurance amount.
h. The amount of the contractual discount.
i. Each claim adjustment reason code, unless the claim is adjusted solely because of a deductible, copayment or coinsurance or a combination of any of them.
j. The amount paid by the insurer toward the charge.
(c) Grouping of claims required.
1. If an insurer includes claims for more than one policyholder or certificate holder on the same remittance advice form, all claims for the same policyholder or certificate holder shall be grouped together.
2. If an insurer includes claims for more than one patient on the same remittance advice form, all claims for the same patient shall be grouped together.
(d) Format; exceptions. Notwithstanding par. (a) 1. and Appendix A:
1. An insurer may print its remittance advice form in either horizontal or vertical format.
2. A remittance advice form need not include a column for any item specified in par. (b) 4. which is not applicable, but the order of the columns that are included may not vary from the order shown in Appendix A, except as provided in subd. 3.
3. A remittance advice form may provide additional information about claims by including one or more columns not shown in Appendix A immediately before the column designated for the claim adjustment reason code.
4. An insurer may alter the wording of a column heading shown in Appendix A provided the meaning remains the same.
5. If necessary for clarity when claims for more than one insured or more than one patient are included on the same form, an insurer shall vary the location of the information specified in par. (b) 2. and 3. to ensure that it appears with the claim information to which it applies.
(e) An insurer shall send the remittance advice form to the payee designated on the claim form.

Note: If, on March 1, 1994, an insurer has a contract with a health care provider that governs the form and content of remittance advice forms, s. Ins 3.651(3), as affected March 1, 1994, first applies to the insurer on the date the contract is renewed, but no later than December 31, 1994.

(4) EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS FOR INSUREDS.
(a) The explanation of benefits form for insureds shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:
1. The insurer's name and address and the telephone number of the section of the insurer designated to handle questions and appeals from insureds relating to payments.
2. The insured's name, address and policy number, certificate number or both.
3. A statement as to whether payment accompanies the form, payment has been made to the health care provider or payment has been denied.
4. The last name followed by the first name and middle initial of each patient insured under the policy or certificate for whom claim information is being reported, and the patient account number, if it has been supplied by the health care provider.
5. For each patient listed, all of the following that are applicable, using a single line for each procedure or service:
a. The health care provider as indicated on the claim form.
b. The date the service was provided or procedure performed.
c. The CPT-4, HCPCS or CDT-1 code.
d. The amount charged by the health care provider if the insured may be liable for any of the difference between the amount charged and the amount allowed by the insurer.
e. The amount allowed by the insurer. An insurer may modify this requirement if necessary to provide information relating to supplemental insurance.
f. Each claim adjustment reason code, unless the claim is for a dental procedure for which there is no applicable code, in which case the insurer shall provide an appropriate narrative explanation as a replacement for the information required under subd. 7.
g. The applicable deductible amount, if any.
h. The applicable copayment amount, if any.
i. The amount paid by the insurer toward the charge.
6. A general description of each procedure performed or service provided.
7. A narrative explanation of each claim adjustment reason code. An insurer may provide information in addition to the narrative accompanying the code on form OCI 17-007.
8. Any of the following that apply:
a. The total deductible amount remaining for the policy period.
b. The total out-of-pocket amount remaining for the policy period.
c. The remaining amount of the policy's lifetime limit.
d. The annual benefit limit.
(b) Unless requested by the insured, an insurer is not required to provide an explanation of benefits if the insured has no liability for payment for any procedure or service, or is liable only for a fixed dollar copayment which is payable at the time the procedure or service is provided.
(5) CLAIM ADJUSTMENT REASON CODES; USE. The office shall prepare updated claim adjustment reason code forms at least semiannually and shall notify insurers of their availability. In preparing remittance advice and explanation of benefits forms, an insurer shall use the claim adjustment reason codes provided by the office of the commissioner of insurance by no later than the first day of the 4th month beginning after being notified that an updated list of codes is available.

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Wis. Admin. Code Office of the Commissioner of Insurance § Ins 3.651
Cr. Register, August, 1993, No. 452, eff. 9-1-93; emer. r. and recr. (3) and (5), renum. (4) (a) 5. b., c. and 8. to 11. to be (4) (a) 5. c., b. and 8. a. to d., am. (4) (a) 6. and 7., cr. (4) (a) 8. (intro.), eff. 10-1-93; r. and recr. (3) and (5), renum. (4) (a) 5. b., c. and 8. to 11. to be (4) (a) 5. c., b. and 8. a. to d., am. (4) (a) 6. and 7., cr. (4) (a) 8. (intro.), Register, February, 1994, No. 458, eff. 3-1-94. Amended by, correction in (2) (Note) made under s. 13.92(4) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2017 No. 744, eff. 1/1/2018

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