Denial code N159

Remark code N159 indicates payment denial or reduction due to non-covered mileage when the patient isn't in the ambulance.

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What is Denial Code N159

Remark code N159 is an indication that the claim payment has been denied or reduced because the reported mileage charges are not covered under the patient's insurance plan when the patient was not physically present in the ambulance during transport. This suggests that reimbursement for mileage is only applicable when the patient is actually being transported in the ambulance, and any charges billed for mileage without the patient in the ambulance are not eligible for payment under the terms of the patient's coverage. Healthcare providers should review the patient's benefits and the billing practices for ambulance services to ensure compliance with coverage requirements.

Common Causes of RARC N159

Common causes of code N159 are incorrect mileage documentation, billing for mileage when the patient was not transported in an ambulance, or misunderstanding of the payer's coverage policies regarding ambulance services and associated mileage.

Ways to Mitigate Denial Code N159

Ways to mitigate code N159 include ensuring that claims for ambulance services are only submitted with mileage charges when the patient was actually transported in the ambulance. It's important to review the documentation to verify that the service billed matches the service provided. Additionally, training billing staff on the specific requirements for billing ambulance services, including when mileage can be legitimately billed, can help prevent this denial. Implementing a pre-billing checklist that includes a verification step for ambulance mileage can also help catch any discrepancies before claims are submitted. Regular audits of ambulance service claims can further identify patterns that may lead to this denial, allowing for corrective action to be taken.

How to Address Denial Code N159

The steps to address code N159 involve a thorough review of the ambulance service claim to ensure that the mileage reported was necessary and that the patient was indeed in the ambulance during the transport. If the mileage was billed in error, submit a corrected claim with the accurate information. If the mileage was billed correctly, gather supporting documentation, such as patient care reports or logs, that provide evidence of the patient's presence in the ambulance during the mileage in question. Once the documentation is compiled, submit an appeal to the payer with a detailed explanation and the supporting evidence to justify the mileage charges. It's also important to review your billing practices to ensure that mileage is only billed when appropriate and in accordance with payer policies to prevent future occurrences of this code.

CARCs Associated to RARC N159

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