Ask an Expert

Answers to Compliance and Medical Coding Questions.
  1. K Posted 1 month(s) agoRelated Topics

    HELLO, WE JUST RECEIVED A DENIAL FROM BLUE CROSS THAT SAID: WE ARE UNABLE TO PROCESS THE CLAIM: 203 DIAGNOSIS CODES MUST BE ENTERED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER A-L 019 INVALID DIAGNOSIS CODE POINTER HAVE YOU HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THIS TYPE OF AN ISSUE? THANK YOU!

  2. SuperCoder Posted 1 month(s) ago

    Hi,

    There seems to be an error in the way claim has been billed. 

    Denial 203 means diagnosis codes must be entered in alphabetical order a-l

    Denial 019 means invalid diagnosis code pointer

    Please ensure:

    • Diagnosis codes billed are not listed more than once on a service line. There should not be duplicate diagnosis codes as well billed on a single claim.
    • Diagnosis pointers have been correctly applied. 1 pointer for First (Primary) diagnosis code, 2 pointer for 2nd (secondary) diagnosis code, 3rd pointer for (Tertiary) 3rd diagnosis code and so on.
    • There is not an empty diagnosis cell preceding Diagnosis 2, Diagnosis 3, or Diagnosis 4 on a service line
    • Appropriate valid complete ICD 10 CM codes have been entered as diagnosis codes

    Once, this all gets verified and corrected if needed, your claim will get paid.

    Hope, the provided information would be helpful.

About this Question

  • Posted by 57067 K, 1 month(s) ago. There are 2 posts. The latest reply is from SuperCoder.