Category Archives: Speedy Claims Tips, Tricks, Hints and Shortcuts

A series of short articles written to help you not only get started quickly and efficiently but help you show some advanced techniques for making your billing even faster and easier.

Filling in the CMS 1500 Insurance Claim Form

Creating a claim in Speedy Claims is really as easy as filling in the blanks!

cms 1500 form button

Let’s start by clicking on the Claims button in the lower left of the Speedy Claims window and then clicking on the CMS 1500 Form icon.

This will open a blank CMS 1500 form on your screen. There is a small green and blue tool/info bar at the top of the form. These bars:

  • show you which form is active
  • let you choose which template to use
  • status of the claim
  • let you set the size of the form on your screen

form top

All of the fields you filled in the template will have your prefilled data in them already. You simply fill in the other fields and then click  print and you are done.

All of the data you filled in will be saved in the database for recall or reuse. The entire claim will be saved in the Claims List.

claims list

And also saved in various tables such as Patient, Provider, Insurance Company etc.


This will be a real time saver for you as you can now quickly and easily reuse this data in a new claim. For instance, open a new claim form on your screen and double click inside Field 2 (Patient Name) and the Patient Table shows up. Double click on the appropriate patient and all their information is automatically filled in for you!

This shortcut can be used for ANY of the tables in  the software including:

  • Insurance Carrier
  • Patient – Field 2
  • Facility – Field 32
  • Billing Provider – Field 33
  • Referring Provider – Field 17
  • Rendering  Provider – Field 24 J
  • Diagnosis Codes – Field 21
  • Procedure Codes including Fees – Fields 24D  and 24F

Stay tuned!  Our next tutorial will include more shortcuts and time saving tips!

Getting Started with Speedy Claims CMS 1500

desktop-iconOnce you install the program you will find an icon on your desktop that looks like this. The black background will be different depending on what your desktop looks like but the icon will be the same.
Double click this icon to open the Speedy Claims program to begin setting up and using the Speedy Claims.

Continue reading Getting Started with Speedy Claims CMS 1500

What is the CMS 1500 claim form?

CMS 1500 claim form example
CMS 1500 Claim Form

History of the CMS 1500 Claim Form –

The CMS 1500 claim form has not always been available for filing insurance claims. Billing insurance companies for patient services in the 1960s could be a nightmare. Every third-party payer and insurance company required proprietary forms or codes to use. There was no universally accepted form for providers to use. It was a real mess and a wonder providers ever got paid for their services.
In the 1980s the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA), along with other payer organizations, formed a group called the Uniform Claim Form Task Force. Their specific intent to create a standardized form. They created and promoted a universal health claim form called the 1500 Claim Form. This form is now accepted nationwide by most insurance carriers.
In the 90s the National Uniform Claim Committee became responsible for the maintenance of the 1500 Claim Form. They are still the organization responsible for any updates or changes to the form. They also set the standards for what  information to include on the CMS 1500 Claim Form  and its format.
We include the latest NUCC manual in the Speedy Claims CMS 1500 software. You can find it by clicking on “Help” at the top of the Speedy Claims window. Then selecting “NUCC Claim Form Instruction” from the drop down list.


It covers every single field on the form.

Next: Sections of the CMS 1500 form.