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Out-of-Network Superbills 101

Out-of-Network Superbills 101

Published: Jan. 24, 2023Updated: May. 2, 2023

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What is a superbill and when will I need one?

Typically, you’ll need to ask for a superbill from a provider who is out-of-network with your insurance plan in order to request reimbursement for some portion of these services. For example, if a therapy provider your child sees is not contracted with your insurance plan and they require payment at the time of your child’s therapy visit, you can ask for a superbill and submit it along with your claim to your insurance.

In short, a superbill is not just a paid invoice; it is a medical receipt that the health plan will accept for processing out-of-network services because it contains specific medical information, such as a billing code and diagnosis code, identifying information for the provider, and your child’s full legal name.

Undivided's Director of Health Plan Advocacy, Leslie Lobel, explains more in this clip:

What should be included in a superbill?

To make sure the reimbursement process goes smoothly, here are the elements you should expect to see on a superbill:


  • Child’s full name as it appears on the health plan ID card (not parent’s name) or a nickname
  • Child’s home address
  • Child’s date of birth


  • Provider Name
  • Full Address
  • Tax ID (EIN)
  • NPI number (National Provider Number)
  • License number


  • Diagnosis and diagnosis code
  • Procedure code/CPT Code/For Service Rendered — This is a five-number code that may have an alpha suffix
  • Dates of service
  • Place of service — This is often a two-letter code (office, home, school, clinic)
  • Amount charged for each service

Here is a sample superbill with labels for each of the components above: Sample superbill to get reimbursed by insurance

If you need a way to keep track of your superbills and their reimbursement status, check out this insurance spreadsheet template from Undivided’s Director of Health Plan Advocacy services.

To learn more about submitting claims for reimbursement, how to work with your health plan, and what to do when a claim is denied, read Insurance Claim Denials and Appeals 101.


What is a superbill and when will I need one?

What should be included in a superbill?

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Brittany OlsenUndivided Editor

An editor and cartoonist who loves using words and images to simplify and share ideas. She has ten years of experience as a copy editor and lives near Portland, Oregon. She often spends her free time going on nature walks with her dog or trying new bread recipes.

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Jennifer Drew, Undivided Senior Editor


Leslie Lobel, Undivided Director of Health Plan Advocacy

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