If you receive a zip code scrubbing error, it is because one of the addresses on the claim form does not match with the USPS database.
Confirm zip codes include the 4-digit extension
The most common reason for this error is using zip codes without the 4-digit extension. This is because most payers require 9-digit zip codes on electronic claims. Use this site to get the 9-digit zip code: USPS Zip Code Look Up tool.
You sometimes need to remove the street address to find the correct 9-digit zip code on the USPS site. For example, if you are searching 2003 Curson Ave, try searching just Curson Ave with the city and state.
Important: Enter the 9-digit zip code without a hyphen or space.
Confirm address with the USPS
The error could also be from using using an address that doesn't match the USPS database. The most common discrepancies include:
- Extra characters in the street address.
- Street address abbreviations that do not match the USPS database's record (i.e., you have written Lane and the official address is LN).
You can check the address in the link below to see if there are any discrepancies between the information you have and what the USPS has on file.
Note: If the client's address appears correct, remember to check the other addresses on the claims form.