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CMS posts new ICD-10-PCS codes and guidelines

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 2, 2014

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We won’t need to learn any new ICD-10-PCS codes or guidelines for 2015. CMS released the draft codes and guidelines and they don’t include much of anything.

That’s not really a surprise since the code freeze is still in effect. (By the way, you won’t see any new ICD-9-CM codes for 2015 either.)
CMS also posted the updated GEMs files. GEMs are a great tool, but they can only do so much. They will get you to the right starting place, but you need to finish on your own (or with the help of an encoder, which again is only a tool).
CMS also released an updated version of the ICD-10-PCS Reference Manual. If you haven’t downloaded it and at least glanced through it, you should. You’ll find information about the ICD-10-PCS root operations and some coding exercises. The updated reference manual does include some text changes and 10 coding examples for Excision. Those examples were left out of the previous manual.
CMS did post some ICD-10-CM information on the site, but the new codes and guidelines are not available. Again, we probably will see few if any changes.
This article originally appeared on HCPro’s ICD-10 Trainer blog.


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