Remark code N247 indicates that the claim submitted by the healthcare provider is lacking a valid taxonomy code for the assistant surgeon, or the code provided is either incomplete or incorrect. This taxonomy code is essential for identifying the specific classification and specialization of the assistant surgeon involved in the care provided. To resolve this issue, the healthcare provider must ensure that the correct taxonomy code for the assistant surgeon is included on the claim before resubmission.
Common causes of code N247 are incorrect or missing assistant surgeon National Provider Identifier (NPI) details on the claim, failure to include the assistant surgeon's taxonomy code, or inputting an invalid or incorrect taxonomy code that does not match the assistant surgeon's specialty or the services provided. Additionally, this code may be triggered if the assistant surgeon's information is not properly linked to the billing provider or if the taxonomy code is not recognized by the payer's system due to updates or changes in taxonomy classifications.
Ways to mitigate code N247 include ensuring that the assistant surgeon's taxonomy code is accurately recorded on all claims submissions. Before filing a claim, verify that the assistant surgeon's National Provider Identifier (NPI) and corresponding taxonomy code are current and match the services provided. Implement a double-check system within your billing software to catch any missing or incorrect entries. Regularly train staff on the importance of including complete and accurate assistant surgeon information and stay updated on any changes in taxonomy code requirements. Conduct periodic audits of your claims to identify and rectify any patterns that may lead to this code being triggered.
The steps to address code N247 involve verifying and updating the assistant surgeon's taxonomy information. Begin by reviewing the claim to ensure that the assistant surgeon's National Provider Identifier (NPI) is correctly listed. Next, cross-reference the NPI with the correct taxonomy code that identifies the provider's specialty and qualifications to act as an assistant surgeon. If the taxonomy code is missing or incorrect, obtain the accurate code from the assistant surgeon or their administrative staff. Update the claim with the correct taxonomy code and resubmit it to the payer. Ensure that all future claims include the appropriate taxonomy code for the assistant surgeon to prevent recurrence of this issue.