DENIAL CODES

Denial code N861

Remark code N861 alerts when there's a discrepancy between the submitted patient liability/share of cost and the recorded amount for this recipient.

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What is Denial Code N861

Remark code N861 is an alert indicating that there is a discrepancy between the patient liability or share of cost amount that was submitted by the provider and the amount that is currently on record for this recipient. This means that the figures provided for what the patient is responsible for paying do not match the figures that the payer has documented, suggesting a need for correction or clarification to ensure accurate billing and reimbursement processes.

Common Causes of RARC N861

Common causes of code N861 are incorrect patient information entered during billing, discrepancies between the billed amount and the patient's insurance plan details, errors in calculating the patient's share of cost based on their coverage, outdated or incorrect insurance information on file, and manual entry errors leading to mismatches in the patient liability amount.

Ways to Mitigate Denial Code N861

Ways to mitigate code N861 include implementing a robust verification process to ensure that patient liability or share of cost information is accurate and up-to-date before submission. This can involve regularly updating patient records with the most current financial responsibility data and cross-referencing patient liability amounts with insurance provider records prior to claim submission. Additionally, employing automated software that flags discrepancies between submitted amounts and those on record can help identify potential mismatches early in the process. Training staff on the importance of precise data entry and establishing a routine audit system to review and correct discrepancies can also significantly reduce the occurrence of this code.

How to Address Denial Code N861

The steps to address code N861 involve a thorough review and comparison of the patient liability or share of cost amounts that were submitted with what is currently on record. First, verify the accuracy of the patient's share of cost as documented in your billing system against the patient's current benefits statement or coverage details. If discrepancies are found, adjust the billing record accordingly. Next, re-submit the claim with the corrected patient liability amount. If the submitted amount was accurate, gather supporting documentation that verifies the patient's liability or share of cost, such as a copy of the insurance benefit statement or a letter from the insurance provider, and submit an appeal to the payer along with the claim and the supporting documents. Ensure that all communications and submissions are documented in the patient's account for future reference.

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