Health Information Management

Q/A: Publication date for NCCI guideline updates

APCs Insider, November 18, 2011

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Q: I have been searching for the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) guidelines update. I thought CMS usually published them in October or November, but I haven’t been able to find the updates. When will CMS publish the new NCCI guidelines?

A: Since the introduction of NCCI edits to OPPS, the updated narrative instructions has been published annually in September or October with an effective date of October 1. However, the dates have changed for this year.

The annual update to the National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual for Medicare Services will be posted on the NCCI website on or around December 1 and become effective January 1, 2012.

Editor’s note: Andrea Clark, RHIA, CCS, CPCH, president of Health Revenue Assurance Associates, Inc., in Plantation, FL, answered this question.



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