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Denials Due to NCCI Edits

Coding Advisor National Correct Coding Initiative NCCI edits Unbundling error

What the heck is an NCCI edit, and why should you care? NCCI stands for "National Correct Coding Initiative," which is a project from the CMS to make medical coding more accurate. Or maybe to confuse medical coders. The point of an NCCI edit is to make sure the claim doesn’t itemize components of a procedure that are all included under one procedure code. Think of it this way: If a surgeon performs an appendectomy, she can't bill for opening the patient up, and also bill for the removal of the appendix, and also bill for closing the patient. That's all included by the...

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