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    Default Incidental vs. Bundled

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    what is the difference between incidental and bundled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marivic415 View Post
    what is the difference between incidental and bundled?

    thank you.
    Incidental means "minor" so that would be a small piece that is always included.

    Bundled means "packaged together" which in medical coding means several procedures that are generally done together bundled into a package price.
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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    Quote Originally Posted by marivic415 View Post
    what is the difference between incidental and bundled?

    thank you.
    The difference is subtle, so it's hard to see sometimes...Like Arlene said:

    Incidental = "Inclusive" - it's a small part of a bigger total procedure - like, a Lidocaine injection, when giving someone stitches, or a venipuncture when starting an IV. (It's an integral part of the main procedure).

    "Bundled" = a group package of separate procedures that are commonly performed together, and when they are all done at once, have a specific code to describe them. Bundled almost always refers to labs - like the 80050 panel (84443 + 85025 + 80053)

    Make sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by btadlock1 View Post
    The difference is subtle, so it's hard to see sometimes...Like Arlene said:

    Incidental = "Inclusive" - it's a small part of a bigger total procedure - like, a Lidocaine injection, when giving someone stitches, or a venipuncture when starting an IV. (It's an integral part of the main procedure).

    "Bundled" = a group package of separate procedures that are commonly performed together, and when they are all done at once, have a specific code to describe them. Bundled almost always refers to labs - like the 80050 panel (84443 + 85025 + 80053)

    Make sense?



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