The HIPAA Version 5010 implementation guide describes Non-Specific Procedure Codes as codes that may include, in their descriptor, terms such as: “Not Otherwise Classified (NOC); Unlisted; Unspecified; Unclassified; Other; Miscellaneous; Prescription Drug Generic; or Prescription Drug, Brand Name”. If a procedure code containing any of these descriptor terms is billed, a corresponding description of that procedure is required; otherwise, the claim is not HIPAA compliant. Note that there is no crosswalk of non-specified procedure codes with corresponding descriptions.
Detailed information regarding this new requirement can be found in the 837I and 837P implementation guides (837I – 005010X223A2 and 837P – 005010X222A1). If the corresponding non-specific procedure code description is not submitted, the transaction does not comply with the implementation guide and is not, therefore, HIPAA compliant.