Overview of the UB-04 Form

Uniform Billing Form for Institutional Providers

Sample UB-04
Sample UB-04.

The UB-04 uniform billing form is the red ink on white paper standard claim form used by institutional providers for claim billing. Although it was developed by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), it has become the standard form used by all insurance carriers.

The National Uniform Billing Committee and the American Hospital Association design and modify the specifications for the Official UB-04 Electronic Data Set.

They publish the UB-04 Manual.

Who Can Bill Claims Using the UB-04?

Any institutional provider can use the UB-04 for billing medical claims.

  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility
  • Critical Access Hospital
  • End-Stage Renal Disease Facility
  • Federally Qualified Health Center
  • Histocompatibility Laboratory
  • Home Health Agency
  • Hospice
  • Hospital
  • Indian Health Services Facility
  • Organ Procurement Organization
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Speech Pathology Services
  • Religious Non-Medical Health Care Institution
  • Rural Health Clinic
  • Skilled Nursing Facility

Tips for Preparing the UB-04

  • Check with each insurance payer to determine what data is required.
  • Ensure that all data is entered correctly and accurately in the correct fields.
  • Most instructions for inpatient and outpatient services are the same. See the Uniform Billing Guide for specific details.
  • Enter insurance information including the patient's name exactly as it appears on the insurance card.
  • Use correct diagnosis codes (ICD-9 or upcoming ICD-10) and procedure codes (CPT/HCPCS) using modifiers when required.
  • Use only the physical address for the service facility location field.
  • Don't forget to include NPI information where indicated.

    More detailed instructions can be found at www.cms.gov or www.nubc.org

    Fields of the UB-04

    There are 81 fields or lines on a UB-04 referred to as form locators or "FL". Each form locator has a unique purpose.

    • Form locator 1 Billing provider name, street address, city, state, zip, telephone, fax, and country code
    • Form locator 2 Billing provider's pay-to name, address, city, state, zip, and ID if it is different from field 1
    • Form locator 3 Patient control number and medical record number for your facility
    • Form locator 4 Type of bill (TOB) This is a four digit code beginning with zero, according to the National Uniform Billing Committee guidelines.
    • Form locator 5 Federal tax number for your facility
    • Form locator 6 Statement from and through dates for the service covered on the claim, in MMDDYY format.
    • Form locator 7 Not in use
    • Form locator 8 Patient name in Last, First, MI format
    • Form locator 9 Patient street address, city, state, zip, and country code
    • Form locator 10 Patient birthdate in MMDDCCYY format
    • Form locator 11 Patient sex - M, F, or U
    • Form locator 12 Admission date in MMDDCCYY format
    • Form locator 13 Admission hour using two-digit code from 00 for midnight to 23 for 11 pm
    • Form locator 14 Type of visit: 1 for emergency, 2 for urgent, 3 for elective, 4 for newborn, 5 for trauma, 9 for information not available.
    • Form locator 15 Point of origin (source of admission) 
    • Form locator 16 Discharge hour in same format as line 13.
    • Form locator 17 Discharge status - use the two-digit codes from the NUBC manual.
    • Form locator 18-28 Condition codes - use the two-digit codes from the NUBC manual for up to 11 occurrences.
    • Form locator 29 Accident state (if applicable) two-digit state code
    • Form locator 30 Not in use
    • Form locator 31-34 Occurrence codes and dates - use NUBC manual for codes
    • Form locator 35-36 Occurrence span codes and dates in MMDDYY format
    • Form locator 37 Not in use
    • Form locator 38 Responsible party name and address
    • Form locator 39-41 Value codes and amounts for special circumstances from the NUBC manual
    • Form locator 42 Revenue codes from the NUBC manual
    • Form locator 43 Revenue code description, investigational device exemption (IDE) number, or Medicaid drug rebate NDC (national drug code)
    • Form locator 44 HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System), accommodation rates, HIPPS (health insurance prospective payment system) rate codes
    • Form locator 45 Service dates
    • Form locator 46 Service units
    • Form locator 47 Total charges
    • Form locator 48 Non-covered charges
    • Form locator 49 Page_of_ and Creation date
    • Form locator 50 Payer Identification (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 51 Health plan ID (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 52 Release of information (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 53 Assignment of benefits (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 54 Prior payments (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 55 Estimated amount due (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 56 Billing provider national provider identifier (NPI)
    • Form locator 57 Other provider ID (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 58 Insured's name (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 59 Patient's relationship (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 60 Insured's unique ID (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 61 Insurance group name (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 62 Insurance group number (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 63 Treatment authorization code (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 64 Document control number also referred to as Internal control number (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 65 Insured's employer name (a) Primary, (b) Secondary, and (c) Tertiary
    • Form locator 66 Diagnosis codes (ICD)
    • Form locator 67 Principle diagnosis code, other diagnosis and present on admission (POA) indicators
    • Form locator 68 Not in use
    • Form locator 69 Admitting diagnosis codes
    • Form locator 70 Patient reason for visit codes
    • Form locator 71 Prospective payment system (PPS) code
    • Form locator 72 External cause of injury code and POA indicator
    • Form locator 73 Not in use
    • Form locator 74 Other procedure code and date
    • Form locator 75 Not in use
    • Form locator 76 Attending provider NPI, ID, qualifiers, and last and first name
    • Form locator 77 Operating physician NPI, ID, qualifiers, and last and first name
    • Form locator 78 Other provider NPI, ID, qualifiers, and last and first name
    • Form locator 79 Other provider NPI, ID, qualifiers, and last and first name
    • Form locator 80 Remarks
    • Form locator 81 Taxonomy code and qualifier

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