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    New Data Format for CCI Edits
    By Leslie Johnson - Posted on 01 April 2010

    Beginning with the April 2010 update, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will now post the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Edit files in Excel 2007 and in text formats. Because Excel 2007 can support a larger number of rows, each code range will be contained in one file as opposed to multiple files. This should correct the incompatibility issues that some of our users experienced last quarter with the Excel 2003 files.

    Please be aware that Excel 2003 and earlier versions of the software have a maximum row count of 65,536. Some of the NCCI Edit files exceed the maximum row count. If you do not have Excel 2007, please use the text format to import the data into an application that can support larger files.

    For more information on NCCI edits and to download the files, visit the web page at



    2010 CPT Code Changes


    Evaluation & Management Services Guide (CMS-July 2009)
    1997 E/M Documentation Guidelines
    1995 E/M Documentation Guidelines
    E/M Pocket Guide (Trailblazer Health: 2008)

    History Documentation

    Documenting a History (Tulane University Medical Group)
    Highmark Medicare Services HPI Elements (Reviewed 05/13/08)


    Highmark Medicare Services FAQ (Reviewed 2/13/2008)
    Wisconsin Medical Society FAQ (2008)
    Medicare Physician Guide (CMS-July 2007)
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