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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements
This section describes how HCUP data elements are coded, restrictions on their use, their uniform values, and State-specific coding practices.
 
NCPT - Number of CPT/HCPCS procedures for this discharge
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

NCPT indicates the total number of CPT or HCPCS procedures (valid and invalid) coded on the discharge record. In assigning NCPT, the first listed CPT procedure is included in the count, even if it is blank, so long as there is an additional CPT procedure present (see table below).

Value Description
0 No CPT or HCPCS procedures are coded on the record.
1 Only the first listed procedure (CPT1) is coded. All secondary procedures are blank.
2 One secondary procedure (CPT2) is coded. The first listed procedure (CPT1) may be coded or blank.
3 The second and third procedures (CPT2 and CPT3) are coded. The first listed procedure (CPT1) may be coded or blank.
etc.  
 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
NCPTNumber of CPT/HCPCS procedures for this discharge0 - 25Number of procedures
 
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State Specific Notes

None

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Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/vars/siddistnote.jsp?var=ncpt.
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