Understanding NCCI Edits and Bundles – Review of Ophthalmology
For proper reimbursement, it’s necessary to know which codes cannot be submitted together and how to use modifier -59.
This article answers the following questions:
- What is the National Correct Coding Initiative?
- What are NCCI “edits” and how do they affect reimbursement?
- How should we interpret the NCCI table, Column 1 and Column 2, on the CMS website?
- What happened to the Mutually Exclusive edits file previously posted as part of the NCCI edit file?
- Is there a way to override the edit and permit payment of both procedures?
- When is it appropriate to break an NCCI edit with modifier -59?
- Are there any other edits that affect Medicare reimbursement?
- Are Medicare Unlikely Edits new?
- Is the MUE table on the CMS website and now should we interpret it in the context of DOS MUEs?
- How often are these edits updated and/or revised?
This article was published in Review of Ophthalmology’s Medicare Q & A column, which is written by Corcoran’s Vice-President, Donna McCune, CCS-P, COE, CPMA. To view the entire article in Review of Ophthalmology, click on the link below:
See page 16.