Reason Code 51MUE

Reason Code Narrative

BEGINNING WITH DATES OF SERVICE ON AND AFTER 01/01/07; IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THE UNITS OF SERVICE ARE IN EXCESS OF THE MEDICALLY REASONABLE DAILY ALLOWABLE FREQUENCY FOR HCPCS WITH AN MAI OF 1. THE EXCESS CHARGES DUE TO UNITS OF SERVICE GREATER THAN THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE MAY NOT BE BILLED TO THE BENEFICIARY AND; THIS PROVISION CAN NEITHER BE WAIVED NOR SUBJECT TO AN ADVANCED BENEFICIARY NOTIFICATION (ABN). NOTE: THIS REASON CODE IS ASSIGNED EFFECTIVE FOR CLAIMS RECEIVED ON OR AFTER 04/01/2010. THIS REASON CODE IS BYPASSED WHEN A 55 MODIFIER IS PRESENT.

Common Reason Code Errors

  • Units at line level are billed in excess for allowable units based on National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits for Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE)

Common Reason Code Corrections

  • If units of service can be justified, a Redetermination can be submitted. Redetermination should include:
    • All applicable supporting medical documentation
    • Corrected UB-04 form
  • If excessive units were submitted in error, a Redetermination can be submitted.

Note: Redeterminations will only review medically denied lines.

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Last Updated May 22, 2018