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Providers in AR, CO, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX, Indian Health & Veteran Affairs

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Unit

Jurisdiction H (JH): 1-855-252-8782

The Novitas Solutions IVR offers the provider community quick and easy access to Medicare related information. This service is accessed via your telephone simply by calling the toll free provider customer service telephone number listed below, selecting your state and choosing the option that you would like to use. The menus can be navigated using speech or touch tone. You can also use speech or touch tone interchangeably throughout the call to enter the required information. However, the touch tone options will only be voiced after unsuccessful attempts to speak information. 

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Hours
Required Provider and Beneficiary Authentication Information
Other Required Information
Name to Number Conversion Tool
Alphanumeric Conversion Tool
Using the Touch Tone Feature

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JH (AR, CO, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX, IHS, VA): 1-855-252-8782

Hours

JH CT
Mondays: 5 AM to 7 PM
Tuesday – Friday: 3 AM to 7 PM
Saturdays: 5 AM to 3 PM

Required Provider and Beneficiary Authentication Information

CMS requires the following provider authentication and beneficiary data elements in order to use the IVR:

Your National Provider Identifier (NPI)
Your Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN)
The last 5 digits of your Tax Identification Number (TIN)
Your patient’s name & Medicare Beneficiary ID Number for claim status and eligibility
The Patient's date of birth in MMDDYYYY format to obtain eligibility
The Patient’s date of service (DOS) in MMDDYYYY format for claim status

Other Required Information

Internal Claim Number (ICN) for Claim Corrections
Document Control Number (DCN) for Enrollment Status
Financial Control Number (FCN) for Patient Account Number
Document Control Number (DCN) of the claim in question for the Overlapping Claim Information

Name to Number Conversion Tool

We have created an IVR Name to Number conversion tool for your convenience. This tool will assist those provider offices that wish to key the beneficiary's name rather than speak it. Simply type the beneficiary's name, press the convert button and the name will be converted to the number that is required by the IVR. You can print this page and place it in your patient's record to reference the next time you call the IVR. The Conversion Tool is located in the Customer Service Center.

Alphanumeric Conversion Tool

We have created an IVR Alphanumeric conversion tool for your convenience. This tool will convert any alphanumeric entry such as your Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN), the patients Medicare Beneficiary ID Number or Document Control Number (DCN) into the telephone key pad entries required by the IVR as an alternative to speaking. The Conversion Tool is located in the Customer Service Center.

Using the Touch Tone Feature

The IVR is programmed to accept touch tone and speech. This includes all of the menu options as well as the entry of all data. You can switch between voice and touch tone throughout the call; however, you cannot combine touch tone and speech when entering a single element, such as the Medicare Number. For example, you cannot key the numbers in the Medicare Number and then say the letter.

Alpha-Numeric Entries

When an entry contains a letter, you will need to actually press 3 keys for each letter you need to enter. Each button on the telephone key pad has one number and a set of letters.

First you must press the star (* ) key to indicate to the IVR that you are going to enter a letter. Then press the key on which the letter appears. The last step is to specify the position that the letter appears on that key, either 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

Exception: The letters Q and Z are the exception and should be entered as if they appear on the number 1 key.

For The Letter...

Touch Keys...

A

*21

B

*22

C

*23

D

*31

E

*32

F

*33

G

*41

H

*42

I

*43

J

*51

K

*52

L

*53

M

*61

N

*62

O

*63

P

*71

Q

*11

R

*72

S

*73

T

*81

U

*82

V

*83

W

*91

X

*92

Y

*93

Z

*12

Touch Tone Feature: Entering PTAN Numbers

In order to enter a PTAN number using touch tone, you must use the numbers on the telephone keypad that correspond to the numbers in the PTAN. To key an alpha, press the * key to signal that you are entering a letter and press the key that includes the letter. Then press the corresponding number that denotes where the letter is located on the number key.

Example: Entering H123, key *42123

The * indicates that the next entry is the letter; the letter H appears on the number 4 key in the second position.

Touch Tone Feature: Entering Medicare Beneficiary ID Numbers

In order to enter a patient’s Medicare Beneficiary ID Number using touch tone, you must use the numbers on the telephone keypad that correspond to the numbers in the Medicare Beneficiary ID Number. To key the alpha suffix, press the * key to signal that you are entering a letter and press the key that includes the letter. Then press the corresponding number that denotes where the letter is located on the number key.

Example: Entering 123456789A, key 123456789 * 21.

The * indicates that the next entry is the letter; the letter A appears on the number 2 key in the first position.

Example: Entering 123456789C1, key 123456789 * 231.

Touch Tone Feature: Entering a Patient’s Name

The format for entering a beneficiary's name is the first 6 letters of the last name, then the first initial. Select the number key that represents the letter you wish to enter. You do not need to indicate the position of the letter.

** The letters Q and Z are exceptions and should be entered using the number 1. **

Example: John Williams would be entered as 9-4-5-5-4-2-5, this number represents the letters that correspond to “WilliaJ”.

If the Patient’s name includes:

Abbreviations – such as Jr / Sr
When speaking the name, say Jr or Sr
When keying the name, if the last name is less than 6 characters, key the letters in JR or SR.
When keying the name, if the last name is more than 6 characters, you will not need to key the JR or SR.
Numbers – such as II / III
When speaking the name, do not speak II or III
When keying the name, if the name is less than 6 characters, key or III as the letter “i” (number 4 on keypad)
When keying the name, if the last name is more than 6 characters, you will not need to key the II or III.
Prefix - such as Sister
When speaking the name, say Sister – “Sister Mary Jones”
When keying the name, key the letter as if it were the first letter of their first name - Sister Mary Jones would be keyed as Jones,S or 566377

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Last modified:  11/14/2017