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Pay-per-view: Disrupting the status quo: Hospital outpatient and ICD-10-PCS

APCs Insider, August 1, 2014

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Outpatient procedures will still be coded using CPT®/HCPCS—the HIPAA-approved code set for reporting hospital outpatient procedures—regardless of when ICD-10 is implemented.
 
However, although ICD-10-PCS codes may not be required for outpatient procedures, some payers are expected to begin using them in the outpatient arena as well. That's not the only reason hospitals should plan to assign ICD-10-PCS codes for outpatient services.
 
The complicated question in this scenario is: If ICD-10-PCS is not necessary, why the debate? Why should we bother assigning codes when we don't have to?
 
Continue reading Disrupting the status quo: Hospital outpatient and ICD-10-PCS on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the August issue.



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