AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 4 (April)

An Update on Medicare's Correct Coding Initiative (April 1999)

April 1999 pages 7-9 Coding Update An Update on Medicare's Correct Coding Initiative On January 1, 1996, the Medicare program implemented its national "Correct Coding Initiative" employing nearly 83,000 code edits in an attempt to eliminate unbundling or other inappropriate reporting of CPT codes. We first addressed this issue in a July 1996 CPT Assistant article. This article will provide an update on the Health Care Financing Administration's activities related to "correct coding" over the past three years. What is the CCI? The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) contracts with Administar Federal, Inc, a Medicare carrier in Indiana...

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