About HCPCS Coding

The medical coding systems currently used in the United States are ICD-9-CM and HCPCS (Level I CPT codes and Level II National Codes). The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) is used to report hospital outpatient procedures and physician services.

These coding systems serve an important function for physician reimbursement, hospital payments, quality review, benchmarking measurement and the collection of general medical statistical data.

For more on AHA Central Office and its role in medical coding and medical coding issues, check out this 2010 article, "Hidden Treasure" by Judy Sturgeon, CSS, in For the Record.

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