Understanding Loop 2000A in EDI Billing: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding Loop 2000A in EDI Billing: A Comprehensive Guide

 Audacity. I could do with some of that. Loop 2000A is the segment of an electronic data interchange 837 file that sends information from a healthcare provider such as a doctor’s office or a hospital to the payer – a health plan, e.g. Blue Cross, or a Medicare or Medicaid agency. I t is an impor­tant part of the transaction that captures data related to the insured subscriber. Reading through letters of protest from people outside the EDI field, you’d think that the distinctiveness of Loop 2000A lay in the fact that you could find the word ‘yes’ somewhere in either of its elements. But I’ve done my best to lay to rest that central point for the past 30 years. Here I will try to lay another to rest. In this section I will cover Loop 2000A and provide an ana­lysis for you. I am assuming that you are familiar with an 837 file of some kind. You have a coding level of at least 4.

Loop 2000A Overview

 Loop 2000A, the second Billing/Pay-To Provider loop, is a very important one, as you might imagine. Billing and payment tend to be the parts of doing business that nobody likes very much. They also must be understood with precision and accuracy in order to get an EDI transaction executed correctly.

Segment PRV - Provider Information

 The PRV segment provides important information on the provider who conducted the service, including details such as identification qualifiers and taxonomy codes that facilitate the billing process Often, but not always, present is the component of a claim called the HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) Code. This code refers to the work itself.


Loop 2010AA - Billing Provider Name

 This loop is broken down further in the NM1 segment where you will find the identities of the billing provider (billFor/BD) including entity code, qualifier for organisation type and the National Provider Identifier (NPI). Figure 1.


Additional Segments: N3, N4, REF, PER

 By adding Ruth's Apt (or N3 or Street Address) and things like City, State, ZIP (or N4) and REF (Reference) and PER (Contact), Loop 2000A will be more complete and accurate in transmitting the information about who to bill.

Implementation Considerations

 Coupling fundamental design concepts with adherence to established guidelines ensures optimal use of Loop 2000A; success hinges on the implementation of relevant specifications:

Compliance with Standards

 Data integrity and confidentiality is maintained during billing because data adhere to EDI standards, such as those set by HIPAA. 

Robust Data Validation

 Good data-validation regimens help to guard against mistakes, complications and discrepancies, to ensure transactions run smoothly and to minimise the risk of improperly billed payments being repaid.

Integration with Practice Management Systems

 When we’re able to meld systems into a practice management system, that alone will make things so much smoother and things will flow more efficiently and we can start to eliminate some of the manual tasks that we have to do with billing.


 A vital component of EDI billing, 2000A Loop is a transaction set that helps providers and payers exchange critical claims information in the claims processing process. Understanding the ins and outs of it, and of best practice commandments in its implementation, is important for any organisation providing care and billing for that care. It ultimately assists any healthcare organisation in billing cleanly, efficiently, and accurately to Medicare contractors. 

 Look at our complete EDI billing knowledge base to learn more, or make a request for personalized assistance from our expert team. Successfully navigating Loop 2000A represents so much more than following regulations on EDI standards; it involves optimising your billing performance and achieving maximum efficiency and precision in an ever-changing healthcare administrative environment.