Health Information Management

Topic: Understand the benefits of ICD-10-PCS

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 7, 2007

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For eternal optimists, the saying goes something like this: "the possibilities are endless." But for coders sifting through the more than 200,000 expected procedural codes that will be available under ICD-10-PCS, this saying takes on a slightly new meaning.

The endless code possibilities may seem overwhelming, but there are many benefits to an ever-expanding coding structure, including:

  • The potential for a unique code for each procedure
  • The potential for the incorporation of new procedures into the system, each having a unique code of its own
  • The standardization of terminology so that a specific meaning is assigned to each term
  • The implementation of a multi-axial system wherein each code character has the same meaning within the specific procedure section and across procedure sections to the extent possible

Want to make sure that your staff stays up-to-date on ICD-10 as well as a whole slew of other coding changes? Order a copy of the 2007 Coding Refresher Training on CD-ROM: Inpatient and Outpatient Lessons for Your Staff. For more information, visit the HCPro Marketplace.

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