Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI is a quick, efficient method of transmitting data to Medi-Cal Dental via your computer. Eliminating hardcopy submission of data can save money on your practice resources and reduce the rate of document errors. That's why participating EDI providers experience improved cash flow, a marked decrease in paperwork, and more efficient use of office staff.

Medi-Cal Dental's EDI service is an optional method of data submission available to all participating Medi-Cal Dental providers. EDI is an easy, efficient, paperless system that uses telephone lines to transmit information from your office's computer to Medi-Cal Dental, and transmit information back from Medi-Cal Dental to your computer.

Providers using EDI may electronically transmit the following document types:

  • Claim
  • Claim Adjustment
  • Treatment Authorization Request (TAR)
  • Notice of Authorization (NOA)

Technical Specifications

All documents submitted electronically must be compliant with the applicable transaction standard. Requirement guidelines for the EDI X12 transactions are explained in the X12 Technical Report Type 3 (TR3) documents (previously referred to as Implementation Guides), published by Washington Publishing Company (WPC). TR3s are available on the WPC website wpc-edi.com.

The Medi-Cal Dental EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) Companion Guide includes 5010 Transaction Guides addressing the 837D (Health Care Claim: Dental), 835 (Health Care Claim Payment/Advice), 276 (Health Care Claim Status Request), and 277 (Health Care Claim Status Response) transactions. Medi-Cal Dental's Transaction Guides highlight only information specific to the Medi-Cal Dental program and must be used in conjunction with the applicable TR3.

EDI trading partners wishing to submit directly to Medi-Cal Dental are required to first undergo testing and certification. For information, please send an email to medi-caldentaledi@delta.org or call (916) 853-7373 and ask for EDI Support.

EDI Enrollment

Please visit our Provider Forms Page/EDI section for all necessary forms and guides for EDI enrollment.