Monkeypox and smallpox vaccines: Product code on claims
Providers are a trusted resource for patients when it comes to vaccine advice. As information on the monkeypox outbreak changes and vaccination and testing guidance is released, we’re committed to keeping you informed.
Some providers may have seen a message on their provider Explanation of Payment (EOP) stating that Anthem Blue Cross does not recognize the vaccine product codes for monkeypox and smallpox that became effective July 26, 2022. We’re updating the provider fee schedules to reflect the new vaccine product codes as quickly as possible. The EOP message did not impact payment for administration of the vaccines, which is reimbursable; however, since the monkeypox and smallpox vaccines are provided by the government at no charge, the vaccine products are non-reimbursable.
To aid in processing claims for the monkeypox and smallpox vaccine products, providers must include these three elements on claims, even if vaccine products were received from the federal government at no charge:
- Product code (90611 or 90622)
- Applicable ICD-10-CM diagnosis code
- Administration code
More detail on codes and cost-sharing
Providers are encouraged to use:
- Product code 90611 for smallpox and monkeypox vaccine.
- Product code 90622 for vaccinia (smallpox) virus vaccine.
- Code 87593 for laboratory testing.
When billing the monkeypox and smallpox vaccine products, providers should submit those codes with a $0.01 charge.
Cost-sharing for the vaccine and administration is waived.
What if I need assistance?
If you have questions about this communication or need assistance with any other item, contact your assigned Provider Experience associate or call one of our Medi-Cal Customer Care Centers at:
- Outside L.A. County: 800-407-4627
- Inside L.A. County: 888-285-7801
You can read more information on monkeypox online.
January 2023 Anthem Blue Cross Provider News - California