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Blue Cross Hotline Vocal Prompts

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The Health Exhibit received an email from Lora about the BC hotline’s vocal prompts:

After a few too many hours on hold, I have compiled the following list of BCBS Alpha prefix voice prompts. (It is based on the military and is probably easy to find on the web, but this way was more diverting) If you are calling the prefix hotline for something odd to you, you can skip ahead of the voice recognition software and just say the military code names for the letters. It works very well.

In other words, instead of hoping the voice recognition software can distinguish your letters when you say “ZVP”, you could instead use the code names below and say “zulu-victor-papa”.

This could be very handy.

Code Names:

A-lpha
B-ravo
C-harlie
D-elta
E-cho
F-oxtrot
G-olf
H-otel
I-ndia
J-uliette
K-ilo
L-ima
M-ike
N-ovember
O-scar
P-apa
Q-uebec
R-omeo
S-ierra
T-ango
U-niform
V-ictor
W-hiskey
X-ray
Y-ankee
Z-ulu

Get to Know: Blue Cross Federal

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Standard ID Length: R + 8 numbers
Standard group number length: 3 numbers (ex. 105, 112)
Billing address: PO Box 37980, Louisville, KY

Distinguishing Cardholders: Primary and secondary cardholders will all have the same insurance ID, without distinguishing suffixes.
Other Tips: (Unknown)

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Get to Know: Aetna HMO

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Standard ID Length: 8 alphanumeric characters (mostly alpha)
Standard group number length: (Unknown)
Billing address: PO Box 981109, El Paso, TX

Distinguishing Cardholders: Primary cardholder ID ends with “A”. Secondary cardholder IDs end with “B”, “C”, etc.
Other Tips: Trivia: Aetna does not use the letters “I” and “O” so that they will not be confused with the numbers “1” and “0”.

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Get To Know: Aetna PPO/POS

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Standard ID Length: W + 9 numbers
Standard group number length: 14 numbers
Billing address: PO Box 981109, El Paso, TX

Distinguishing Cardholders: Primary cardholder ID ends with “01”. Secondary cardholder IDs end with “02”, “03”, etc.

Other Tips: (See Card)
AetnaPPO/POS Card

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CBA Blue – EBPA

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Recently, CBA Blue and Employee Benefit Plan Administrators (EBPA) disassociated a bit. Now some offices are having trouble telling which plan should be billed for their patient. Here’s the easiest way that we at the Health Exhibit have found to distinguish between the two:

  • If the plan has a three letter BC prefix, then list the insurance as CBA Blue. Two known CBA Blue prefixes are KEZ and VRA.
  • If the plan does not have a three letter prefix, then list EBPA.

Feel free to share any other hints you know with these insurances.

Access Week

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

National Healthcare Access Personnel Week is coming up March 30 – April 5, 2008. This is a week for hospitals and management to show appreciation to their Access personnel. These associates include:

Registration/Intake/Pre-Registration
Insurance Verification/Precertification
Information
Scheduling

Looking for some ideas on how to celebrate? Activities could include:

Sweets baskets
Congratulatory balloons
Surprise gifts
Fruit/Meat/Cheese/Cracker platters
Random Drawings
Crossword Puzzles
Word Searches
Who’s Who? – Match the childhood photo to the current Access associate
Who Lives Here? – Match the home photo to the Access associate
Super Secret – Match the little-known trivia to the Access associate
Access Pets – Match the pet to the correct Access associate
Cater a lunch
Potluck
The list goes on!

To learn more about Access Week and what you can do for your employees, see NAHAM’s Access Week page. Start preparing now and delight your staff when Access Week arrives.