DENIAL CODES

Denial code N487

Remark code N487 indicates a claim denial due to missing certification for prosthetics or orthotics.

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What is Denial Code N487

Remark code N487 indicates that the claim has been processed but cannot be paid as submitted because it lacks the necessary certification for prosthetics or orthotics. This means that the documentation required to verify the medical necessity or the approval for the use of prosthetic or orthotic devices has not been provided or is incomplete. To resolve this issue, the healthcare provider must submit the missing certification to ensure the claim can be reconsidered for payment.

Common Causes of RARC N487

Common causes of code N487 are incomplete documentation at the time of claim submission, failure to obtain or submit the required certification or authorization for prosthetic or orthotic devices, and clerical errors in the patient's medical records that omit the necessary certification details.

Ways to Mitigate Denial Code N487

Ways to mitigate code N487 include implementing a comprehensive checklist for all prosthetic or orthotic claims submissions. This checklist should specifically verify the inclusion of the required certification documentation before the claim is submitted. Additionally, training staff on the importance of this documentation and conducting regular audits on claims for prosthetics or orthotics can help ensure compliance. Utilizing software that flags claims lacking necessary documentation before submission can also significantly reduce the occurrence of this code.

How to Address Denial Code N487

The steps to address code N487 involve a multi-faceted approach to ensure the necessary prosthetics or orthotics certification is obtained and properly documented. Initially, review the patient's file to confirm if the certification was previously obtained but not filed correctly. If the certification is indeed missing, promptly contact the prescribing provider to request the necessary documentation. Ensure that the certification includes all required details such as the patient's name, date of the prescription, detailed description of the item prescribed, and the medical necessity justification.

Simultaneously, communicate with the patient to inform them of the missing certification and any potential delays in processing their claim. This keeps the patient informed and may expedite the collection of the required documentation if they can assist in contacting the provider.

Once the certification is received, verify its completeness and accuracy against the claim requirements. Update the patient's record and resubmit the claim with the attached certification. Document all steps taken to resolve the issue in the patient's file for future reference and to support any potential audits.

Finally, consider implementing a checklist for prosthetics or orthotics claims submissions to prevent similar issues in the future. This checklist should include a verification step for all necessary certifications and documentation before the initial claim submission.

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