Plan and benefit coding on UnitedHealthcare's NICE system is an essential component in defining the products and services that UnitedHealthcare offers. These codes are created and maintained primarily to support operations such as billing, employer contracts, member enrollment, benefit claims payment, member fulfillment and capitation processing.
A 3 character alpha numeric code, which represents a specific set of basic medical benefits. A plan code is necessary to enroll a group and a member in NICE.
A 3 character alpha numeric code assigned to employer contracts which represent supplemental benefits purchased by the employer group. Pharmacy would be an example of a supplemental benefit.
Plan types dictate the plan functionality in the NICE system. A plan type will directly impact claim payment processing, reporting, billing and capitation for a given employer or member. CO = Commercial and SH = Medicare & Retirement
A two character alpha numeric code that represents a specific benefit item. These codes with appropriate co-pays and benefit limits, are assigned to in-network HMO plans in the NICE system. An example of a service code would be 01 = Office Visit.
For a service level deductible plan, only those lines that are populated with a deductible roll-up code have a deductible due. If the line were not populated with a deductible roll up code, there would be no deductible due and the deductible exception indicator would be blank.
If for some reason the deductible exception indicator is populated and there is no roll up code tied to that line, the system will ignore the deductible exception indicator and the deductible will not apply.