Reminder: Claim Editing Enhancements Coming April 1

As we recently announced, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) will enhance our claims editing and review process with Cotiviti, Inc., for some of our commercial members to help ensure accurate coding of services and that services are properly reimbursed.

What this means for you: The enhancements require you to continue to follow generally accepted claim payment policies. With your help, the enhanced claims review process will help our members get the right care at the right time and in the right setting.

Note: Inaccurately coded claims may result in delayed payment. 

What’s changing: Components of the editing and review enhancements include:

Effective Jan. 10, 2022
Coding for services within the global surgical period
- The global surgery package payment policies include all necessary services normally provided by the surgeon before, during and after a surgical procedure, and applies only to primary surgeons and co-surgeons. The global surgery package applies only to surgical procedures that have post-operative periods of 0, 10 and 90 days, as defined by CMS.

Effective April 1, 2022
Anatomical Modifiers
- CMS-defined anatomical modifiers validate the area or part of the body on which a procedure is performed. Procedure codes that do not specify right or left require an anatomical modifier. This includes procedures on fingers, toes, eyelids and coronary arteries which have specific CMS-defined modifiers.

Effective April 1, 2022
Diagnosis Code Guidelines - Use of correct ICD_10 codes will be verified. ICD-10-clinical modification (CM) diagnosis coding guidelines, including reporting of inappropriate code pairs, as well as correct coding of secondary, manifestation, sequelae, chemotherapy administration, external causes and factors influencing health status diagnoses. These guidelines are contained in the ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes Manual.

More Information: view our previous announcement on the Global Surgical Period edit that took effect on Jan. 10, 2022 and the announcement of the Anatomical Modifiers and Diagnosis Code Guidelines edits that will take effect on April 1, 2022.

Also, view our Cotiviti Edit Enhancements Descriptions for more information. Watch News and Updates for future updates.


Cotiviti, Inc., is an independent company that provides medical claims administration for BCBSOK.