Health Insurance Claim Forms (HCFA) also known as CMS 1500 forms, are used in the medical
profession to submit medical insurance claims for services rendered by the
the insurance companies for payment. As of April
2, 2007 old forms will no longer be accepted for payment by
insurance companies. They have been replaced by the newer version CMS
Both these forms are printed red
on white paper and contain the necessary fields to enter the information
required by the insurance company for payment to be approved and sent to
The new forms were designed to allow for the implementation of the NPI
number. They have split fields and have shaded areas to accommodate the new NPI numbers.
They are available
in either continuous form feed, single or double, and laser.
Many companies also offer window envelopes so you can fold the forms
to fit in the window, eliminating the need for
is very important that the forms are filled out correctly and completely
to get reimbursement from the insurance companies. Claims with errors are
denied by insurance companies. See below for detailed instructions on
completing the form.
tricky will be the implementation of the NPI numbers in offices that are
required to have multiple NPI numbers. If your office bills under a
seperate tax id# other than the doctor's social security number, you may
need a type 2 NPI number which is entered in a different place than the
individual's NPI number.
1500's are available
in bulk from many companies who advertise on the internet. If you're
shopping for claim forms it's a good idea to compare price and shipping