NCCI v.17.3 Effective Oct. 1

The National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) version update to 17.3 will be implemented by Medicare administrator contractors (MACs) on Oct. 1, 2011. Like previous updates, the new file outlining the unbundling standards used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and several commercial payers includes hundreds of changes based on utilization data and updated national and local guidelines and decisions.

Version 17.3 includes all changes since Jan. 1, 1996, and is organized in two tables: Correct Coding Edits and Mutually Exclusive Code Edits. More information about the update and the NCCI can be found on the CMS website.

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