If all you are doing is adding a 5th digit you are not breaking any laws. The claim was most likely denied because the ICD code is invalid since it lacks the 5th digit. If on the other hand they are asking you change an ICD code so the claim will be paid, then you can run into problems. My question to you would be, Are the coders actually coding and entering the super bill? If so, why aren't they checking for 5th digits? Also, do you use a claim scrubber? These usually catch truncated codes prior to the claim being billed.
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