DENIAL CODES

Denial code N194

Remark code N194 indicates denial of payment for technical components when the provider doesn't own the equipment utilized.

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What is Denial Code N194

Remark code N194 indicates that the technical component of a billed service will not be reimbursed because the provider submitting the claim does not own the equipment utilized to perform the service. This means that if a provider rents or borrows equipment, they may not be eligible for payment for the technical part of the service associated with that equipment. Providers must ensure that claims for technical components are only submitted when they own the necessary equipment to avoid claim denials associated with this code.

Common Causes of RARC N194

Common causes of code N194 are:

1. The claim was submitted for a technical component of a service, but the provider does not have ownership documentation for the equipment used to perform the service.

2. The billing office incorrectly assumed that the provider owned the equipment and billed for the technical component without verifying equipment ownership.

3. There was a lack of communication between the provider and the billing department regarding the ownership status of the equipment used for the procedure.

4. The provider may have recently changed the status of their equipment (e.g., from leasing to owning) and failed to update their billing records to reflect this change.

5. The claim was submitted with incorrect or incomplete information that led the payer to believe the provider does not own the equipment.

6. The payer's records may be outdated or incorrect, leading to the denial of the technical component of the claim despite the provider actually owning the equipment.

Ways to Mitigate Denial Code N194

Ways to mitigate code N194 include ensuring that your billing department is aware of the ownership status of the equipment used for procedures. If your practice does not own the equipment, consider establishing rental agreements that include billing rights or purchasing the necessary equipment. Additionally, verify that the technical component is correctly coded and that the claim reflects the appropriate use of the equipment in accordance with the billing guidelines. It's also important to maintain clear documentation that substantiates the ownership or rental arrangement of the equipment to support the claim if questioned. Regular training for staff on updates to billing practices and compliance checks can help prevent this code from arising.

How to Address Denial Code N194

The steps to address code N194 involve several key actions to ensure proper reimbursement for technical components. First, review the claim to verify that the equipment used for the service was indeed owned by the provider. If the equipment is owned, gather the necessary documentation to prove ownership, such as purchase invoices or lease agreements. Next, resubmit the claim with the supporting documentation attached, ensuring that all relevant information is clearly indicated to avoid further confusion.

If the equipment is not owned by the provider, assess if there are alternative billing arrangements that can be made, such as billing under the actual owner's provider number if permissible. Additionally, consider revising the billing practices for future services to reflect the ownership status of the equipment used. This may involve updating the billing system to prevent similar denials and training staff to recognize when technical component charges are applicable based on equipment ownership.

Lastly, if the situation warrants, explore the possibility of acquiring the equipment or entering into a formal agreement that allows for billing the technical component. This may involve financial analysis to determine the feasibility of such an investment. Keep a record of all communications and actions taken to resolve the issue for compliance and audit purposes.

CARCs Associated to RARC N194

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