Medicare Error Codes


This page relates to error codes for patient-paid Medicare rebates. Please click this link for information about bulk bill and DVA rebate error codes.

If you submit a Medicare claim and receive a message that the claim was unsuccessful, you will receive a message stating the error code as well as a link to a report from Medicare which may describe the error.

You can either click Accept to continue submitting the claim to Medicare for a case officer to review (you will be provided a Lodgement Advice), or click Reject to stop the claim being processed so that you can rectify any errors before submitting the claim again.

Try to resolve the issue yourself first by following any instructions the error code provides (e.g. by adding the patient's deposit account name for error 9323). If that is unsuccessful, in all cases you should contact the Medicare eBusiness Service Centre on 1800 700 199.

Common error codes are listed below.

Table 1. Common error codes for patient-paid Medicare rebate claims


Medicare description

Further information and action



The provider number is not linked to a bank account. Contact Medicare.


No session matching the provided session ID currently exists

The item code does not exist. Check the item code and confirm the correct code is used.


Desecure Failure

Your connection to Medicare has been temporarily disrupted. Try again.



The element name that is supplied is not valid or does not apply to the current function.


The Payee provider is the same as the Serving Provider

The same provider number has been added to the invoice for both the payee and serving provider. Double check the provider number and payee provider number.



The report has not yet been made available by Medicare. Try again in another day.


Date of service inconsistent

There may be an error with the patient's date of birth. Double check the date of birth and try again.

3001, 3004

Communication error; check that you have a current internet session

There is a problem with connection either from Medicare, Halaxy or your end; check your own internet connection and you are connected to the internet, wait a few minutes and try again.


Medicare Item Num

Relevant for DVA claims. Specify the number of kilometres for travel claiming purposes in the invoice (edit the invoice if needed).


The provider is identified as inactive for Online Claiming purposes

You usually receive this error when Medicare has not yet processed your Medicare online claiming registration. It usually takes 5 business days for Medicare to register practitioners, so wait until this time has elapsed before trying again (see here for more information on registering for Medicare).

If you are an allied health practitioner and the first claim you ever process is a DVA claim, you may receive error 9125 (this is a bug in DVA's claiming system that does not happen when the first claim you process is a Medicare claim). The way to overcome it is to run an Online Veteran Verification first (which allows you to check whether the DVA card details you have are correct or not), then process the claim. All future claims will be processed normally.


Invalid format for data item

Something required for processing purposes has been left blank - e.g. the patient's Medicare number or date of birth, the referral date or the referring GP's provider number is missing. Check and edit the invoice and process the rebate again.


Invalid value for data item

Some of the data submitted with the invoice does not comply with the values permitted or has failed a digit check. Check each field of the invoice and resubmit.


Date in the future

A date supplied on the invoice is in the future. Double check the date and try again.


Data item empty

The claim requires a Medicare officer to review it. Call Medicare on 1800 700 199 to discuss it.


Date of service must be no more than 2 years in the past

The claim cannot be dated prior to two years ago. You will need to update the claim if the incorrect date is on the invoice or call Medicare for advice.


DistanceKms is an invalid value

The KMs provided in the travel fee is an invalid value. Check the quantity of the travel fee and try again.


Patient's Medicare card number (9301), reference number (9302), first name (9303) or surname (9304) must be supplied

The required patient information is missing. You can add the patient's first name or surname in the Patient section of the invoice (which updates their patient profile), or the Medicare card or reference number in the Medicare claim section of the invoice (which updates the patient's Funding page).

9305, 9308

Servicing Practitioner's Provider Number (9305) or Referring Practitioner's Provider Number (9308) must be supplied

Your Provider Number or the referring GP's Provider Number is missing or incorrect. Edit your Provider Number on your Identifications page, and/or edit the referring GP's Provider Number by clicking the Edit icon in the Medicare claim section of the invoice, and process the claim again.


Referral issue date must be supplied

The date of the referral is missing or after the date of your appointment with the patient. Edit the referral date in the Medicare claim section of the invoice (which updates the referral information on the patient's Funding page), and process the claim again.

9313, 9314, 9315

Patient/Claimant address line (9313), locality (9314) or postcode (9315) must be supplied or all claimant address elements removed

One or more of the patient's address details that you have entered on Halaxy are spelt wrongly or is incorrect. Go to the Patient section of the invoice and check and update the patient's address, particularly spelling of street name and suburb (e.g. Lake MacDonald might be incorrectly spelt as Lake McDonald). Updated information is also saved on the patient profile.


The Referring/Requesting practitioner cannot be the Servicing or Principal provider

The referring practitioner is the same as the practitioner who provided the service. Confirm the referring practitioner's details and amend in the Funding page of the patient's profile or in the claim/referral section of the invoice.


Incomplete banking details - BSB code, account number and account name must all be supplied

The patient's bank details are incorrect or are missing some requirement elements. Confirm the bank details with the patient (or claimant), and update the patient's bank details on their Funding page.


Voucher must contain at least 1 service

There needs to be at least one Medicare fee with an item code added to the invoice


At least one service in the voucher must have a non zero charge amount

There needs to be a fee on the invoice with an amount greater than zero


The Payee practitioner supplied is the same as the servicing provider

The payee practitioner and the practitioner on the claim are the same. If this is the case, there is no need to have the payee provider on the invoice.


This claim cannot be lodged through Medicare Easyclaim. Please submit the claim via an alternative Medicare claiming channel.

Medicare does not provide further information. Reconfirm the referral details on the invoice and verify the patient's Medicare details. If this does not reveal further information, contact Medicare.


Check bank account name

The name provided for the bank account is not a valid bank account name. Confirm the correct name.


Check Item

The item claimed is either unknown or invalid at the date of service. Check the data on the invoice so that it is correct.


Check bank account number

The bank account number provided is not a valid bank account. Confirm the bank account details.


Check amount in the Charge Field

Either an amount has not been entered in the charge field or an invalid amount has been entered.


Please check the request or referral details

The referral is either incorrect or has run out, due either to the number of appointments or the referral date having expired. Check the referral information on the patient's Funding page and make sure the referral date and the referring practitioner's provider number are correct.

9638, 9312

Claimant details required - patient or quoted claimant is a minor, or claimant details are missing (9312)

The rebate cannot be provided to the patient because the patient is under the age of 18. Add a claimant (e.g. a parent) or edit details of a claimant to whom the rebate is paid by adding their Medicare and deposit account details on the Medicare Claim section of the invoice.


A restrictive condition exists

This is often linked to the referral eligibility. Double check and confirm the referral details that have been added to the claim. If all details are correct, contact Medicare for further information.


A LSPN is required

This claim requires a Location Specific Practice Number. A LSPN is required at all locations that provide diagnostic imaging services. When you submit a claim with diagnostic imaging services, you will need to include a LSPN by clicking Additional Information in the pop-up after clicking Process Rebate from the invoice.


Service is possible aftercare

The service is possibly aftercare .If the service is aftercare, you cannot submit the rebate. If the service is not aftercare, after clicking Process Rebate from the invoice, click Additional Information in the pop-up and set the Aftercare Override field (in the Item Number column) to Yes, then resubmit the claim.

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