Written by Angela Hays, Regional Outreach Director with Nuclear Care Partners
Helping you avoid billing issues with your EEOICPA White Card
A common issue for white cardholders…
In 2015, the billing codes were changed from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes in order to more specifically and more accurately show what disease a patient had been approved for under the EEOICPA.
An ICD-10 Code
An ICD-10 code is a specific code that has to match the DOL code to ensure your bill is paid by the DOL. It also ensures that the doctor’s office gets paid.
When the change occurred, the Department of Labor either kept the ICD-9 code you were approved under or changed it to an ICD-10 code that they believed most closely matched your original code. But sometimes the codes did not match.
Bob’s physician noted his COPD was now exacerbated and started billing under ICD-10 code J44.1.
The DOL most closely matched Bob’s COPD as unspecified and uses the ICD-10 code J44.9.
Because J44.1 and J44.9 do not match, Bob’s medical bills were not being paid.
We Can Help You Know Your Numbers!
As a provider under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, we believe that the more informed you are, the more empowered you are to take control of your benefits.
We created a custom Medical Info Cardholder with special inserts to house your DOL Benefits White Card information including:
By equipping you with this resource and arming you with the help and support of your local Community Outreach Manager, we will help you know your ICD-10 codes so that your medical bills are correctly paid and so you can advocate for yourself!
The next time you are at the doctor, make sure to let the receptionist know what ICD-10 codes you would like your visit billed under and let the doctor know to please dictate to the codes on your card. If any issues in billing arise, then the first area to check is if the codes match.
In some cases, you may need to call the Resource Center to get the ICD# changed or modified. If you need help finding a DOL Resource Center near you, give us a call at 888.525.5111!