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This variable is contained in the following files: Carrier (Fee-for-Service), Durable Medical Equipment (Fee-for-Service)
Short SAS Name
SAS Name

The total allowed charges on the claim (the sum of line item allowed charges).


Sum of all the line LINE_NCH_PMT_AMT values for the claim.

Medicare payments are described in detail in a series of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) documents called “Payment Basics” (see:

Also in the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) “Payment System Fact Sheet Series” (see

Source: NCH QA Process