How to Properly Fill Out an HCFA 1500 Form
All too often our personal injury lawyers are asked questions such as “What can I do to make sure my claim does not get rejected?” The very basic answer to that question is, insurance companies are going to reject some of your claims as a matter of course. But what types of mistakes can you actually control?
This article looks at a very basic thing you can control, the information placed on a Health Insurance Claim Form and PIP application form. Better known as a HICF form or HCFA (pronounced Hick-Fa) the HCFA form is the approved document for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”). Also known as a CMS 1500 or HCFA 1500 form. Essentially every person in medical billing and coding is familiar with this document.
Which Boxes Need To Be Checked On My HCFA?
(1) REQUIRED BENEFITS.—An insurance policy complying with the security requirements of s. 627.733 must provide personal injury protection to the named insured, relatives residing in the same household, persons operating the insured motor vehicle, passengers in the motor vehicle, and other persons struck by the motor vehicle and suffering bodily injury while not an occupant of a self-propelled vehicle, subject to subsection (2) and paragraph (4)(e), to a limit of $10,000 in medical and disability benefits and $5,000 in death benefits resulting from bodily injury, sickness, disease, or death arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle as follows:
The most important part of the required benefits portion is to note the section that I bolded “struck by the motor vehicle”. Meaning the patient or yourself only gets afforded PIP coverage if they were in a motor vehicle accident. So how do the requirements and the HCFA coincide?
A standard HCFA form has 33 categories of boxes to be either filled in or checked off. Some boxes have sub-parts, but there is only one box that can indicate whether this person was in an auto accident or not. THAT IS BOX 10b.
What Can I Do If a Make an Error on My HCFA?
A lot of people will try to resubmit the billing to the insurance company. What usually happens is that they have to print a new HCFA, which prints a new date on box 31. Therefore, when it is submitted, the insurance company will then deny the claim for untimely billing.
The best course of action is to have good notes on all the medical treatments you have done. Most initial evaluations (CPT Code 99202, 99203, 99204, and 99205) are followed with SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) notes that describe that the person presented as “a result of a motor vehicle accident”. Therefore, if your notes had indicated to the insurance company that this was indeed related to a motor vehicle accident, it can be argued that they were put on constructive notice and you substantially complied with the requirement and it is related to a car crash.
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What Should You Do if Box 10b Wasn’t Checked on Your HCFA?
What you are indicating as a biller when box 10 is not checked for yes under “AUTO ACCIDENT?” is that the services you performed were not auto accident related. Therefore, the insurance company, if they have an inexperienced adjuster or an adjuster who is looking for any reason not to pay a claim, will deny the claim under PIP. This would result in no payments to the medical facility.
A reminder as well that under the PIP law, there is no requirement for them to hold benefits for your claim to fix any issues. If they pay out the full $10,000 to other providers who did check box 10b, then your company will be out of luck. For more information on benefits exhaustion see: https://www.dolmanlaw.com/pip-benefits-exhausted/
How Dolman Law Group Can Help With Your Motor Vehicle Accident Claim
While you might be able to handle a personal injury case on your own, you will get the best results if you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. The personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group know how to confidently negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf in order to get you the best possible settlement for your pain and suffering. We have helped many clients recover damages from injuries ranging from minor to severe, such as TBIs (traumatic brain injuries).
Our automobile accident attorneys are here to help you in the following ways:
- Investigate the cause of your accident.
- Call in experts to help validate your injury claim.
- Communicate and negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf.
- Negotiate an appropriate settlement amount for your damages.
- Go to trial if a settlement cannot be reached.
Our goal is to help you attain a settlement that can satisfactorily cover your medical bills and other damages due to your accident. A personal injury protection claim can be very confusing, including properly filling out the PIP claim form and claim applications. We will happily answer any questions you have and assist you in filling out any necessary documentation.
Contact Dolman Law Group For More Information About Your Auto Accident Claim
If you or someone you love was in a motor vehicle accident and have been denied a claim because someone forgot to check box 10b, on the HCFA, and you have substantial notes indicating that the injuries and treatment are indeed related to a motor vehicle accident, do not contact the insurance company and do not resubmit the bill. Reach out to Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. We will demand they pay you properly. If they do not respond by paying, we will sue them in a court of law.
Don’t play the back-and-forth game with the insurance companies. Contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, and let us help you get the compensation you deserve. You can reach us at any time by filling out our online contact form or by telephone to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. This service will not cost you a dime. We get paid when you get paid by the insurance company.