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Column 2 codes

Patricia Posted Fri 13th of January, 2012 16:05:09 PM

This may sound silly, but what is meant by a column 2 code. Thanx.

SuperCoder Answered Fri 13th of January, 2012 16:30:44 PM

Colmn two refers to the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits.
Every quarter CCI puts out a list of code pairs that Medicare — and many private payers — follow when they reimburse physician practices. The CCI edits list pairs of CPT and HCPCS codes that payers will not pay on when you bill them together. Medicare and other payers apply these edits to services you bill for the same provider, for the same beneficiary, and on the same date of service.
All edits consist of code pairs that are arranged in two columns (Column 1 and Column 2). Codes that are listed in Column 2 are not payable if performed on the same day on the same patient by the same provider as the code listed in Column 1, unless the edits permit the use of a modifier associated with CCI.
Hope this helps!
Leesa A. Israel, BA, CPC, CUC, CMBS
Executive Editor, The Coding Institute
Manager, TCI Consulting & Revenue Cycle Solutions
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