DENIAL CODES

Denial code N332

Remark code N332 indicates an issue with the claim due to a missing, incomplete, or invalid prior hospital discharge date.

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What is Denial Code N332

Remark code N332 indicates that the claim submission is missing, incomplete, or contains an invalid date of the patient's prior hospital discharge. This information is necessary for processing the claim accurately.

Common Causes of RARC N332

Common causes of code N332 are incomplete patient admission forms, errors in electronic health record (EHR) data entry, oversight in patient discharge documentation, and failure to update the patient's record with the correct discharge date following a hospital stay. Additionally, this code may be triggered by discrepancies between the hospital discharge date provided and the date recorded by ancillary services or in claims documentation.

Ways to Mitigate Denial Code N332

Ways to mitigate code N332 include implementing a comprehensive check system within your electronic health record (EHR) system that flags patient files with missing, incomplete, or invalid prior hospital discharge dates before submission. Training staff on the importance of thorough documentation and setting up periodic audits to ensure compliance with documentation standards can also help. Utilizing automated reminders for staff to review and update patient records can further prevent this issue. Integrating a real-time eligibility verification system that prompts for necessary information, including prior hospital discharge dates, at the point of service can significantly reduce the occurrence of this code.

How to Address Denial Code N332

The steps to address code N332 involve a multi-faceted approach to ensure the accuracy and completeness of patient discharge information. Initially, review the patient's medical record to verify if the prior hospital discharge date was indeed documented. If the discharge date is missing or incorrect, promptly obtain the correct information from the patient's records or by contacting the previous healthcare facility directly. Update the patient's file with the accurate discharge date, ensuring that all related documentation reflects this update. Before resubmitting the claim, double-check that the discharge date aligns with all other patient information and dates of service to prevent further discrepancies. Implement a system for regular audits of patient files to catch similar issues before claims submission in the future, reducing the likelihood of receiving code N332 again.

CARCs Associated to RARC N332

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