If you are unsure about the coverage of a drug product, please contact the PBM help desk at 1-800-648-0790.

Please file adjustments for claims that may have been incorrectly paid. Only those products of the manufacturers which participate in the Federal Rebate Program will be covered by the Medicaid program. Participation may be verified in Appendix C, available at


Louisiana Medicaid reminds KIDMED screening providers of the KIDMED Screening Periodicity Policy, as published in the 2007 Louisiana Medicaid KIDMED Provider Training, page 10. Periodic screenings performed on children less than two years of age must be at least 30 days apart and periodic screenings performed on children/adolescents who are two years of age or older must be at least six months apart. Medically necessary preventive/well-child screenings performed that do not meet this minimum number of calendar days/months between screenings should be billed as KIDMED interperiodic screenings. Example: A seven day old infant has a KIDMED medical screening performed and three weeks later (21 calendar days) another screening is provided, the second screening should be billed as an interperiodic screening as it was performed less than 30 calendar days from the previous screening. Contact Molina Medicaid Solutions Provider Relations at (800) 473-2783 or (225) 924-5040 should you have any questions.


As we have implemented new policies related to inpatient stays for deliveries, we have received requests from hospital providers to remove the precertification requirement currently in place for sterilizations performed on the first or second day of the inpatient hospitalization. The edit that requires precertification for sterilizations has been removed from the claims system. The removal of this edit does not change the requirement for submission of OFS Form 96 or the hysterectomy acknowledgement form with the claim.

Please visit for the detailed provider notice related to this change.


Policy Update: Based on a Rule published in the Louisiana Register Vol. 34, No. 03 March 20, 2008 by the Office of Public Health, Louisiana Medicaid has revised the KIDMED policy related to repeat newborn/neonatal heel stick screenings. Providers must rescreen an infant whose newborn screening (e.g. PKU) was done prior to 24 hours of age, a change from the previous policy of prior to 48 hours of age. These rescreenings are to be done at the first medical visit, preferably between one and two weeks of age but no later than the third week of life. To view the complete revised KIDMED Neonatal/Newborn Screening policy and updated KIDMED Periodicity Schedule go to the 'KIDMED Newborn Screening' link on the home page of The updated KIDMED Periodicity Schedule can also be found on the KIDMED website,, following the link for Publications & Forms. Contact Molina Provider Relations at (800) 473-2783 or (225) 924-5040 should you have any questions.


When it is necessary to bill a RUM claim for the same procedure code that is performed more than once on the same day (i.e. billing 2 of the same procedure code), the procedures must be billed on separate lines with 1 unit per line. It is necessary to use an appropriate modifier(s) appended to the claim line(s). Additionally, when it is appropriate to use more than one modifier per claim line, the modifier in the first position on each claim line must be different in order to prevent a duplicate denial (see example 2 below). The use of appropriate modifiers will allow legitimate multiple procedure claim lines to process without denying as a duplicate of the other claim line. [Ex. 1: Authorization requested and approved for two of code 73718 - CT lower extremity (right leg and left leg). Bill 73718 RT and 73718 LT.] [Ex. 2: Authorization requested and approved for two of code 73223- MRI any joint-upper extremity w/wo contrast (joint before and after pins placed). Bill 73223 RT and 73223 76 RT.] As this change was made to the system, claims without modifiers that were previously denied were recycled with a by-pass of the duplicate logic on a one-time basis in order to get previously submitted claims processed. The recycle occurred on the 06/07/11 RA. Providers that have received additional claim denials should resubmit the denied claim lines with appropriate modifiers in order for the claims to process correctly. Please contact Molina Provider Relations at (800) 473-2783 should you have questions related to billing these codes.


The Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires that States incorporate NCCI edits and methodologies for claims filed on or after April 1, 2011 for for dates of service on or after October 1, 2010. Effective for claims processed on the remittance date of June 21, 2011, Louisiana Medicaid is applying the mandatory procedure to procedure editing methodologies that are components of the NCCI editing. These will apply to practitioner,* ASC, and Outpatient Hospital services. Procedure to procedure edits are defined as pairs of HCPCS/CPT codes that should not be reported together. These NCCI edits are applied to services performed by the same provider for the same recipient on the same date of service. When appropriate, modifiers may be applied to further describe the clinical scenario. Louisiana Medicaid's claims processing system has been updated to accept all NCCI-associated modifiers. Providers may NOT bill recipients for services denied by NCCI edits. Providers could expect to see denials on procedures that may have previously paid when billed in the same manner. For NCCI edits, the decision on which procedure code of a code pair is payable was determined by CMS. CMS updates these edits quarterly. New edit messages that pertain specifically to the NCCI edits have been added.

Currently these are:

731-'CCI: Procedure incidental to another current procedure.'
759-'CCI: Procedure incidental to a procedure in history.'
982-'CCI: History procedure incidental to current-history voided.'
984-'CCI: Procedure mutually exclusive to another current procedure.'
989-'CCI: Procedure mutually exclusive to procedure in history.'
993-'CCI: History procedure mutually exclusive to current-history voided.'

The NCCI methodologies for the medically unlikely edits (MUE) for units of service will be implemented at a future date. These edits will also include durable medical equipment suppliers' claims. For additional information, please refer to prior NCCI notices on the Medicaid website dated March 15, 2011 and September 23, 2010. Providers are also encouraged to access information on the CMS website at under the Medicaid NCCI link. (*Practitioners include those licensed medical professionals who submit claims to Medicaid using HCPCS/CPT codes.)