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Code Bundling Definitions

Comprehensive Code (Column 1)

Generally represents the major procedure or service when reported with another code.

Component Code (Column 2)

Generally represents the lesser procedure or service. Reimbursement for a component code is considered included in the reimbursement for the comprehensive code when the service is billed by the same provider for the same patient on the same date of service (i.e., reimbursement for the component code will not be made separately from the comprehensive code).

Retained NCCI

BlueCross edits are based on NCCI logic.

Example: Effective Jan. 1, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) no longer recognize CPT® codes 99241-99245 (office or outpatient consultations) and 99251-99255 (inpatient consultations) under the Medicare Physician’s Fee Schedule.

As a result, CMS termed the edits for these CPT® codes. BlueCross continues to allow providers to bill these consultation codes; therefore, the edits related to these CPT® codes were retained by BlueCross.


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