DENIAL CODES

Denial code N347

Remark code N347 indicates a claim for a referred or purchased service was denied due to prior payment for the same service by another provider.

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What is Denial Code N347

Remark code N347 indicates that your claim for a referred or purchased service cannot be paid because payment has already been made for this same service to another provider by a payment contractor representing the payer.

Common Causes of RARC N347

Common causes of code N347 are:

1. Duplicate billing, where the same service has been billed more than once, either by the same provider or by different providers.

2. Miscommunication between providers, leading to both the referring and the referred providers submitting claims for the same service.

3. Incorrect provider information, where the claim was submitted under the wrong provider's name or NPI (National Provider Identifier), causing confusion about who actually provided the service.

4. Lack of coordination between primary and secondary payers, resulting in both paying for the same service without realizing it.

5. Errors in claim submission, such as incorrect service dates or procedural codes, leading to the appearance of duplicate services.

6. Failure to update the claim status, where a previously denied or rejected claim has been corrected and resubmitted without canceling the original claim, resulting in both being processed.

Ways to Mitigate Denial Code N347

Ways to mitigate code N347 include implementing a robust verification system before submitting claims to ensure that no other provider has already claimed payment for the same service. This can involve cross-checking patient records and coordinating with other healthcare providers involved in the patient's care to confirm service provision and claim submission status. Additionally, establishing a clear communication channel with payment contractors representing the payer can help in identifying any potential duplicate claims in advance. Regular training for billing staff on the importance of accurate and unique claim submissions, along with the use of advanced billing software that flags potential duplicates, can further reduce the risk of encountering this issue.

How to Address Denial Code N347

The steps to address code N347 involve a multi-faceted approach to ensure that your claim is accurately processed and compensated. Initially, it's crucial to conduct a thorough review of the claim in question to verify the accuracy of the service date, provider details, and the service billed. Following this, reach out to the payer to obtain detailed information about the previous payment, including the date of payment, the provider to whom it was made, and the specifics of the service paid for. This information is essential to identify any discrepancies or errors.

If the review reveals that the claim was indeed erroneously marked as paid to another provider, gather all supporting documentation that substantiates your claim. This documentation may include medical records, a referral authorization (if applicable), and any communication with the referring provider regarding the service. With this evidence, submit a written appeal to the payer, clearly outlining the error and providing the necessary documentation to support your claim for the service.

In parallel, it's advisable to communicate with the other provider mentioned by the payer, if known, to understand their perspective and to ensure that there is no duplication of billing. This step is crucial to maintain compliance and uphold the integrity of billing practices.

Lastly, to prevent future occurrences of code N347, consider implementing a more robust verification process for referred or purchased services. This could involve a double-check system for claims involving such services, ensuring that your billing department is aware of any potential overlaps with other providers. Additionally, maintaining open lines of communication with referring providers can help to preempt any billing conflicts, ensuring smoother claim processing and payment flows in the future.

CARCs Associated to RARC N347

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