May 31st, 2018
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 ...
In Coding
Dec 8th, 2016
Inpatient coders are faced with the daunting task of determining the “intent of procedure” when compliantly coding inpatient procedures. With the inception of the 2017 updates, which became effective October 1, 2016, we are again faced with the lingering questions of the “intent of the procedure” when applying PCS codes. As we continue to see ...
In ICD-10
Oct 21st, 2016
ICD-10 presents a double-punch of changes while reporting standards are tightened. Entering its second year, it includes thousands of new codes implemented October 1, 2016. For example, the new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code set has: 1943 new codes, 422 revised codes, and 305 deleted codes. ICD-10-PCS, the Procedural Coding System used by hospitals and facilities is ...
In CMS
Oct 12th, 2016
The ICD-10-CM grace period offered by Medicare and some private payers – allowing the submission of less specified codes without penalty – has ended, just as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prepares to roll out more than 7,000 changes to the code set. Providers will need to update their ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS ...
May 12th, 2015
 By Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC Worries about reporting new technologies, drugs, and supplies prompted the creation of Section X in ICD-10-PCS, the facility version of the code set for implementation October 1. The concerns, which were discussed at the September 2014 meeting, prompted the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) to discuss the proposal ...