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unbundling

Separating a service into its individual components and billing for each component separately. For example, total abdominal hysterectomy billed as five procedures; laparotomy, evaluation under anesthesia, hysterectomy, abdominal exploration, and oophorectomy. Also referred to as a trend in insurance benefits contracting wherein the purchaser unbundles or contracts separately for specific services (e.g. mental health, dental care, etc.).
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