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2019 PCS Inpatient Procedure Codes Released

2019 PCS Inpatient Procedure Codes Released

There are more codes in the ICD-10-Procedure Coding System used by hospitals in 2019’s code set, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recent release.

Procedure Code Set Expands

The PCS system now has 78,881 codes, growing larger as more codes are added to accomodate procedures being performed on inpatients. Overall, the changes look like this:

New Codes 392
Revised Codes 8
Deleted Codes 216
2019 Total 78,881

PCS seems complicated, but was developed to better report services performed by providers. A “smart” system where every character denotes a detail of the procedure, PCS’s seven characters can be alphanumeric or simply numeric. In the ICD-10-PCS code book, the codes are based on tables and algorithms developed originally for use by facility computers. PCS is required for the CIC exam for inpatient coders.
AAPC’s CIC curriculum explains PCS:
“The ICD-10-PCS code set has a logical, consistent structure that follows a logical consistent process down to the individual character level. This means that the process of constructing codes in ICD-10-PCS is also logical and consistent. Individual letters and numbers, called “values,” are selected in sequence to occupy the seven spaces of the code, called “characters.” Once the coding system is learned, the process is simplified.”
An example of a PCS code is 02PA0MZ Removal of cardiac lead from heart,
open approach
After selecting in what classification the system or service falls,  the codes include what body part, approach, device used, and qualifier are needed.
Cardiovascular, otolaryngology, endocrinology,  orthopedics, urology, and general surgery all are affected by this year’s changes. Some include the following:

  • Adding thoracic aorta, descending codes to 021
  • New axillary artery lines to 031
  • A major revamp to 037 and 03cC
  • All new 093
  • Addition of hip joint, open, to 0SP
  • New transplantation of ovary in 0UY

ICD-10-PCS books are being updated now, and publishers expect to have them out this summer, well in time for the codes’ effective date of Oct. 1.

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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, is a seasoned healthcare writer and editor. He directed publishing at AAPC for nearly 12 years and worked at Ingenix for 13 years and Aetna Health Plans prior to that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

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