DENIAL CODES

Denial code N806

Remark code N806 is an explanation that payment is part of the overall transplant allowance.

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What is Denial Code N806

Remark code N806 is an indication that the payment for the service billed is considered part of the overall payment for a transplant procedure. This means that separate reimbursement for this service is not provided because it is included in the comprehensive payment for the transplant.

Common Causes of RARC N806

Common causes of code N806 are:

1. The billed service is part of a comprehensive transplant procedure that has a single payment rate covering all related services.

2. The provider has submitted a separate claim for a service that is already included in the global payment for a transplant procedure.

3. Incorrect coding or billing for services that should be bundled under the global transplant allowance.

4. Lack of understanding or misinterpretation of the payer's guidelines regarding what is included in the global transplant package.

5. The claim was submitted without acknowledging the global period associated with transplant services, leading to a denial as it falls under the inclusive payment structure.

Ways to Mitigate Denial Code N806

Ways to mitigate code N806 include implementing a comprehensive review process for all claims related to transplant procedures to ensure that each service billed is not part of the global transplant allowance. Training billing staff to recognize services that are typically included in the global package can prevent unintentional duplication of claims. Utilizing advanced billing software that flags potential global service overlaps can also aid in identifying and correcting these issues before submission. Establishing a direct line of communication with payers to clarify coverage details for transplant-related services can further reduce the incidence of this code. Regularly updating the billing team on changes in transplant billing guidelines and conducting periodic audits of transplant claims can help maintain compliance and minimize the risk of receiving N806.

How to Address Denial Code N806

The steps to address code N806 involve a multi-faceted approach to ensure accurate reimbursement for services rendered within the global transplant allowance. Initially, it's crucial to conduct a thorough review of the patient's billing records to identify all services provided during the global period. This includes cross-referencing dates of service, procedures performed, and any ancillary services that may fall outside the global package to ensure they are billed separately if applicable.

Next, engage in a detailed audit of the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to verify that the payment received matches the contracted rates for the global transplant package. This step may reveal discrepancies or opportunities for additional reimbursement for services not included in the global allowance.

If discrepancies are found or if there are services believed to be incorrectly bundled into the global payment, prepare and submit a detailed appeal to the payer. This appeal should include a clear explanation of the services provided, how they are distinct from the global transplant allowance, and any supporting documentation such as operative reports or medical records that justify the separate billing.

Additionally, it's advisable to review the contract with the payer regarding the global transplant allowance. Understanding the specific terms and conditions can provide insights into billing practices and help in negotiating terms that are more favorable or clearer in future contracts.

Lastly, consider implementing a proactive strategy by discussing with the clinical team about the scope of services typically included in the global transplant allowance. This can help in planning and documenting services more effectively to avoid future denials or the need for appeals related to code N806. Continuous education and training for the billing and coding team on updates related to transplant services and global billing practices can also prevent recurrence of similar issues.

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