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Current Announcements

Important Announcements:

January 2018 Fee Schedules

Fee Schedules that were proposed in December 2017 are in the process of being prepared for publication on this website.
These January 2018 Schedules have been posted to provider type pages:
CFC, Chemical Dependency (Standard and Contract), Children’s Chiropractic, Dialysis, Elderly and Physically Disabled HCBS Waiver Services, 72-Hour Presumptive, Medicaid Mental Health, and HCBS SDMI Medicaid Waiver.

These January 2017 Schedules are will be published on provider type pages by mid-January:
Ambulance, APC, APR-DRG, ASC, ATP, Audiology, Children's Special Health Services (CSHS), Dental Hygienist, Dental Services, Denturist Services, Direct Entry Midwife Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Hearing Aid, Home Infusion Therapy, Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility (IDTF),Lab Services, Mid-Level Services, Mobile Imaging Services, Nutrition EPSDT, Occupational Therapy, Optician, Optometric, Oral Surgeon, Orientation and Mobility, Outpatient Procedure Code, Physical Therapy, Physician Services, Podiatry Services,
Psychiatrist Services, Public Health Services, RBRVS, School Based Services, Speech Therapy
​The proposed versions of these schedules available on the Proposed Fee Schedule Page. The proposed schedules will be removed from the Proposed Fee Schedule Page when the final version is posted to the provider type pages of this website.

HELP Announcement  

HELP Participants will receive Standard Medicaid as of January 1, 2018.  Please refer to the HELP provider notice dated December 1, 2017.

Proposed Fee Schedules

Proposed Fee schedules are posted on  Proposed Fee Schedule Page of the provider website.

New MATH Web Portal Link

The MATH web portal has a new link.

 The new link is

Providers are advised to bookmark and use the new link effective immediately.
The old link and portal access  will be disabled after March 31, 2018.

Email Issues

If you are emailing the Provider Relations Helpdesk, please verify you are sending to:  
Please delete any emails in your contact list from as they will no longer forward to Provider Relations as of July 31, 2017.Additionally, Provider Relations is seeing an increase in emails rejected by provider's IT networks.  Please ask your
network administrator to whitelist emails from

Using Medicaid Card ID for Billing and Checking Eligibility

Providers should use the Medicaid member ID number, not the member’s Social Security number (SSN), for billing purposes and checking eligibility.

This ensures the expenditures are applied to the correct member and any query information is for the correct member. Errors can occur using the SSN for either billing or requesting eligibility information.

If you only have the member’s SSN, have questions, or need assistance, contact Provider Relations at 1.800.624.3958 or via e-mail at (PD012014)

Medicare/Medicaid Remittance Advice Reminder and Adjustments

If you do an adjustment, and use a Medicare Remittance Advice Template to print your Medicaid Remittance advice, be aware that not all templates will  accommodate the necessary Medicaid information to allow your adjustment to process. 

The issue is the length of the ICN that appears on the Medicare Remittance Advice Template. The Medicare ICN is formatted for 15 digits but the Medicaid ICN length is 17 digits. This will truncate the Medicaid ICN by 2 digits.

Check this field and make any necessary corrections. If this is not corrected, we will return your adjustment to you for correction. (PD032013)

Archived Announcements

Proposed Fee Schedules and Public Hearing on July 27, 2017 pertaining to the revision of Fee Schedules.

Proposed Schedules and hearing information is found on the Proposed Fee Schedule Page.

WebEx Training Registration is now open for July and August 2017.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 2pm MST
Aaron Hahm, Medicaid Program Officer and
Tracey Riley, Medicaid Program Officer
will present information on the Children's Mental Health Program


Register on the WebEx Registration Page.


Member Eligible Inquiry and Other Features on MATH are Down.

On the Montana Access to Health (MATH) Web Portal, IVR and Faxback member eligibility inquiry feature is currently down. The issue is actively being worked on and we will provide updates as they come in.
All other features of the MATH web portal are working. (posted 06/20/2017)

WebEx Training Registration is now open for July, August, and September 2017.

On Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 2pm MST
Valerie St. Clair, DPHHS CAH, FQHC, and RHC Program Officer,
will present on the FQHC and RHC programs.

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2pm MST
Barbara Canning-Graziano, Clinical Program Manager
will present information on the Adult Mental Health Program

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 2pm MST
Aaron Hahm, Medicaid Program Officer and
Tracey Riley, Medicaid Program Officer
will present information on the Children's Mental Health Program
Register on the WebEx Registration Page.

Provider Notice for Mass Adjustment:

Mass Adjustment to Correct Reporting Issue

Recently the Department identified some claims with a date of service between 1/1/2016 and 10/31/2016 which were paid correctly but were classified incorrectly for federal reporting purposes. The identified claims will be adjusted to correct this issue.  In most instances, there will be no change in the payment of these claims, however some adjustments may result in additional payment due to pricing changes since the claim was originally adjudicated.  All adjusted claims will appear on 835 Remittance Advice.  

Contact Information

For claims questions or additional information, contact Provider Relations at 1-800-624-3958 (toll-free, in/out of state) or 406-442-1837 (Helena) or via e-mail at


"Ask Provider Relations" Function Unavailable Via the Web Portal (MATH)


As of Monday 12/5/2016, the “Ask Provider Relations” function of the Montana Access to Health Web Portal will be unavailable. We have identified issues and are working to resolve them and review the functionality of this tool.

In the meantime, please e-mail your question to or call Provider Relations 1-800-624-3958 Monday through Friday 8am to 5 pm.

New Web Port Password Reset Process

Effective 10/3, you will no longer need to contact Provider Relations via telephone for a web portal password reset.
A self-serve reset function in the portal will be available beginning Monday 10/3.   
At that time all other Web Portal telephone inquiries will be directed to the EDI option 2. 

Montana Medicaid Health Improvement Program

The Health Improvement Program for Medicaid and HMK Plus members with chronic illnesses or risks of developing serious health conditions.

HIP is operated through a regional network of 14 community and tribal health centers. Medicaid and HMK Plus members eligible for the Passport program are enrolled and assigned to a health center for possible care management.

Provider referrals to HIP are encouraged.

Instructions and Provider Referral Form


Technical Difficulties

We experienced some unforeseen issues with the 406-442-2328 fax number.  This issue has been addressed and is functioning properly again.  If you sent faxes to this number on Tuesday 8/22 or Wednesday 8/23, please refax those images. 

Please note that our other fax lines were not affected by this outage.

Thank you.

(posted 08/23/2017)

Fall 2017 Training Registration is now open.

The agenda will be posted in early September.
Training Dates and Locations are:
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Double Tree Downtown by Hilton
27 North 27th Street

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn
2023 Commerce Way

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Double Tree Edgewater by Hilton
100 Madison St.

Register on the Training Registration Page


Web Portal Scheduled Maintenance

The web portal is scheduled to be down for maintenance on Saturday May 20 from 6 am to 10 am Mountain time. (Posted 05/09/2017)

Please join us for 2017 Spring Training Registration

2017 Spring Training will be held in Kalispell on May 11, Great Falls on May 18, and Billings on May 24.
Details and Conference information are available on the Registration Page.

Provider and Member Crime Victim Surveys

The University of Montana is asking for providers to complete an online survey an important study that is funded by the Office for Victims of Crime at the United States Department of Justice: “The Montana Crime Victim Legal Assistance Network Project” (CFDA #16. 826, Award # XV-BX-K011).  

There is a specific section on the survey for healthcare providers.  
Please take the survey.

The U of M is also asking that you print and post a flyer about a crime victim survey for your Medicaid members and other patients.
The flyer should be posted through May 27, 2017.

(posted 11/18/2016)


Many providers navigate to through old site addresses. All old addresses will be retired at the end of April 2016. Providers and billers are urged to make sure that they have bookmarked and have deleted any older URLs. (PD03152016)

Apply NOW to CPC+ in Montana!

MT DPHHS is proud to announce our commitment and participation in the new nation-wide primary care model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). CPC+ is a multi-payer, public-private, collaborative model, in coordination with CMS and Medicare, among other private insurers in the state. Through CPC+, payers and practices will aim in strengthening primary care to achieve better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.  

Practices now have the opportunity to apply to participate in CPC+.  The initiative offers increased flexibility for practices while offering increased incentives from all payers for quality of care over volume.

Practices must apply by September 15.

For more information visit the CMS website. To apply, fill out an application.

Join MT DPHHS and other payers for a Montana Practices Q & A call on August 23 @ 4pm.
Register now for the event.


WINASAP-Windows 10 Issue

Due to recent Microsoft Windows Security updates, Windows 10 is no longer compatible with WINASAP.
EDI Gateway developers are addressing this issue, however, we do not currently have a timeline for resolution of this issue.
Please continue to check the Announcements for updates

2016 Fall Training Coming to a City Near You in October

Training sites will be in Billings on 10/5, Bozeman on 10/13 , and Missoula on 10/20.

Let us know what is most valuable to your business.

Please take a brief survey to let us know the topics you are interested in.

(Posted 07.26.2016)

Inappropriate Denials for Physician Administered Drugs for Rebate Agreement Not in Place

During the last payment cycle, Xerox identified claims for Physician Administered Drugs that were denied inappropriately as not being covered because a rebate agreement with the manufacturer was not in place.

Xerox has identified and corrected the issue that caused these denials and will adjust claims that were not paid appropriately.

This adjustment will take place during the next few days, and these claims should be paid and appear on next week’s remittance advices. We apologize for the delay in payment. (PD12182015)

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) Changes Final Update

This notice supersedes all written documentation regarding EFT and ERAs, including Claim Jumper articles, provider notices, and announcements posted on the Provider Information website.

All Montana Healthcare Programs providers, Medicaid/HMK Plus, CHIP/HMK, and Mental Health Services Plan (MHSP), will be moved to EFT (direct deposit) and ERA over the next two months.

In order to accomplish this transition, Xerox will eliminate both the paper remittance advice option and paper warrants/checks. Some providers were affected as early as December 1, 2014.

To avoid disruption in receiving remittance advices and payments, providers should initiate the change to EFT/ERA as soon as possible. All providers must be registered for the web portal and submit their paperwork to Provider Relations to be eligible for payment and receive applicable ERAs in 2015.

If you are enrolled in EFT, receive ERAs, completed a Trading Partner Agreement (TPA) and have already registered for the Montana Access to Health (MATH) web portal, you meet the requirements of the policy and no additional documentation is needed. Providers who currently receive paper checks and/or paper remittance advices must follow the process below to transition to EFT and ERAs.

Forms Needed

To sign up for EFT (direct deposit) and register for the web portal, providers need to complete the documents listed below and mail or fax them to Provider Relations. See the Provider Enrollment page for the needed documents.

Montana Medicaid Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) & Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) Authorization Agreement

Trading Partner Agreement

A letter/form on your financial institution's letterhead verifying legitimacy of the account. The letter/form must include the name and contact information of the bank representative, be signed by the bank representative, and verify the account type (checking or savings), financial institution routing number, and provider account number. Do not send voided checks or deposit slips.

EFT Instructions

To enroll in EFT, a provider must complete and sign the EFT & ERA Authorization Agreement and mail or fax the Agreement and the financial institution letter to provider Relations.

Upon receipt of the form, Provider Relations adds the EFT information to the provider’s profile. This process takes up to 10 business days. Once completed, the provider will get paid via EFT on the next payment cycle.

ERA Instructions

To receive ERAs, a provider must complete the Trading Partner Agreement (TPA) and register on the MATH web portal to view the ERAs.

1. The provider prints, completes, and signs the TPA. The provider
     must include his/her NPI/API on the last page of the TPA.

2. The provider faxes or mails the TPA to Provider Relations.
    Once Xerox receives the TPA,the process takes up to 10
     business days.

3. Xerox mails the Welcome Letter to the provider. This letter
    contains the credentials to register for the web portal
    (user ID and password) and the provider's submitter ID.

4. Providers can then register online using the information
    provided in the Welcome Letter. Click the Log in to
    Montana Access to Health link at the top of this page.

    You may also want to reference the web portal tutorials:
    Web Portal Registration and Web Portal Navigation.
    Upon registering, providers are notified via e-mail
    that they must change their password and have
    24 hours to do so.

5. Once registered, the provider must access Manage Users
    and Update or Remove Users and grant yourself Security
    Privileges following the instructions given. Providers must
    log out and back in for the privileges to take effect.

6. To access a remittance advice (in PDF format), click on
    Retrievals and View e!SOR Reports.

Mail or fax enrollment documents to Provider Relations:

Provider Relations
P.O. Box 4936
Helena, MT 59604
406.442.4402 Fax

Providers may also request an 835 ERA delivered to their clearinghouse.

Please contact your clearinghouse or software vendor to begin that process. (PDR11272015)

Important Information Regarding CMS-1500

As of April 1, 2014, the CMS-1500 (08/05) is no longer a valid form for the submission of professional claims. Providers must use the CMS-1500 (02/12) claim form for submission of Medicaid claims for payment.  

See the Claim Jumper for information about billing with the 02/12 version and reference the guideline developed by the National Uniform Claim Committee at (PD04112014)

Retroactive Eligibility

Effective January 1, 2014, providers must use the Notice of Retroactive Eligibility (160-M) if a member has been determined retroactively eligible. The FA-455 and FA-454 are no longer accepted.

Providers should attach the Notice of Retroactive Eligibility (160-M) when submitting claims for retroactively eligible member for which the date of service is more than 12 months earlier than the date the claim is submitted. Claims submitted without the Form 160-M will not be paid.

Contact the member’s Office of Public Assistance to request the form. See (PD042014)

NPI Required for Eligibility Verification

Providers must use their NPI/API when inquiring about member eligibility using FaxBack, the Voice Response system or the MATH web portal. If you have questions, call Provider Relations at 1.800.624.3958.

Xerox EDI Solutions Website Links Updated

The Xerox EDI Solutions website has changed. For Montana Medicaid, click on the EDI Solutions Clients tab and choose Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

WINASAP 5010 software can be found under the WINASAP tab. EDI enrollment information is available on the EDI Enrollment page. If you are having trouble finding information, contact Provider Relations 1.800.624.3958.