DENIAL CODES

Denial code N338

Remark code N338 indicates a claim issue due to a missing, incomplete, or invalid shipped date, requiring correction for processing.

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What is Denial Code N338

Remark code N338 is an indication that the claim submission lacks a shipped date, or the provided shipped date is either incomplete or invalid. This code suggests that the payer requires a valid shipped date for processing the claim, and the absence or inaccuracy of this information has led to issues with claim adjudication.

Common Causes of RARC N338

Common causes of code N338 are:

1. The shipped date field on the claim form is left blank.

2. The information provided in the shipped date field is incomplete, such as missing month, day, or year.

3. The shipped date entered is invalid, for example, a future date or a date that does not conform to the required format.

4. Incorrect or illegible documentation was submitted, making it impossible to verify the shipped date.

5. Electronic data interchange (EDI) errors occurred during claim submission, leading to the omission or corruption of the shipped date information.

6. The shipped date provided does not match the date(s) of service or the date of the invoice, leading to discrepancies in the claim documentation.

Ways to Mitigate Denial Code N338

Ways to mitigate code N338 include ensuring that all documentation related to the shipment of medical supplies, equipment, or specimens is thoroughly reviewed before submission. Implement a double-check system where a second team member verifies the shipping date and related information for completeness and accuracy. Utilize electronic health record (EHR) systems or billing software that automatically flags entries with missing or invalid data, including shipped dates. Regularly train staff on the importance of accurate documentation and the specific requirements for shipping-related information. Establish a protocol for quickly correcting and resubmitting claims if a shipped date error is identified.

How to Address Denial Code N338

The steps to address code N338 involve a multi-faceted approach to ensure the accuracy and completeness of claim submissions. Initially, review the claim to identify the missing or incorrect shipped date. Cross-reference this information with the patient's records and the shipping documentation to ascertain the correct date. If the shipped date is indeed missing, promptly obtain this information from the relevant department or system within your organization that handles shipping or dispatch of items, such as the pharmacy or medical supplies department.

Once the correct shipped date is identified, update the claim with this information, ensuring that it is entered accurately and in the correct format as required by the payer. It's also advisable to double-check if there are any other missing or incorrect details on the claim that could potentially lead to further denials or delays.

After updating the claim, resubmit it to the payer as soon as possible. Keep a record of the resubmission, including the date of resubmission and the corrected information provided. This will be useful for tracking purposes and in case there are any queries from the payer.

To prevent similar issues in the future, consider implementing a quality control process for reviewing claims before submission. This process could involve a checklist that includes verification of all dates, including shipped dates, to ensure completeness and accuracy. Additionally, training staff on the importance of accurate documentation and the impact of missing or incorrect information on revenue cycle management can help reduce the occurrence of such errors.

Lastly, maintain open communication with the departments involved in shipping and documentation within your organization. This can help streamline the process of obtaining and verifying necessary information, thus minimizing delays in claim processing and enhancing overall efficiency in your revenue cycle management.

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