Blue Cross Newsletter

November 25, 1996                            BLUE CROSS NEWSLETTER
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TO:         ALL FREESTANDING SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES

FROM:       Donna Bartee, Communications Coordinator
            Provider Relations Department
            Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Inc.

SUBJECT:    THERAPY SERVICES
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            *  This newsletter addresses therapy services     *
            *  provided to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas *
            *  insureds who are not eligible for Medicare     *

Many contracts offered to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas' insureds
include benefits for physical, occupational or speech therapy services.
The services must be provided by eligible providers as defined by
the insured's contract.

Eligible therapy providers are offered a Blue Shield contracting
provider agreement and are required to bill services using a
HCFA 1500 claim form.  Our allowance for covered services is the
Blue Shield maximum allowable payment.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Kansas will not accept UB-92 billings for therapy services
provided by skilled nursing facilities.

For more information on how an eligible provider can become a
Blue Shield contracting provider, contact:

          Vikki Lindemuth   (913) 291-7878
          Specialty Provider Representative
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