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International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System. ICD-10-PCS is a medical classification coding system for procedural codes and is an updated, expanded follow-up to ICD-9-PCS. ICD-10-PCS is used to classify and code inpatient hospital procedures in a patient’s medical record. ICD-10-PCS will be the official system of assigning codes to procedures associated with hospital utilization in the United States. ICD-10-PCS codes will support data collection, payment and electronic health records. ICD-10-PCS codes are used in a variety of clinical and health care applications for reporting, morbidity statistics, and billing.

ICD-10-PCS: Are we done playing catch-up?

March 11th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

AHA Coding Clinic’s Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) held its two-day winter session in February, and I participate on the EAB as part of 3M’s contract with CMS. As I was […]

Extra codes vs. creeping complexity in the ICD-10-PCS tables

January 11th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

Geek alert: If you are one of those people who don’t want to know how sausages and legislation are made, you may want to skip this blog. It is pretty […]

The capacity of ICD-10-PCS: How much room is there really? (continued)

June 1st, 2018 / By Rhonda Butler

In my most recent blog, I discussed in general why the capacity of ICD-10-PCS has limits, and how multi-axial structure and hierarchy together define those limits. This time I’m going […]

The capacity of ICD-10-PCS: How much room is there really?

April 23rd, 2018 / By Rhonda Butler

At the March C&M meeting, we heard the heartening report that people no longer get all in a dither about the number of ICD-10 codes. That is super good news. […]

Walking the tightrope: Balancing ICD-10 coding rules and data needs

December 4th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Coding is fundamentally a balancing act, a delicate, high-wire dance intended to get useful data from the medical record that can be widely shared in health care. It happens at […]

ICD-10: What’ll it be, lumping or splitting? Part 2

October 20th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

In my last blog, I talked about the trade-offs between lumping and splitting as they apply to the annual update of the ICD-10-CM/PCS classification systems. This time I am going […]

ICD-10: What’ll it be, lumping or splitting?

September 20th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

You may have heard the terms lumping and splitting applied to medical records coding, or maybe to the analysis of coded data. Whether we’re producing coded data or analyzing it, […]

2018 ICD-10 code update exercise: Consider the audience

August 11th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

I am a member of a team that works directly with CMS on the yearly code update process for their National Coverage Determination policies (NCDs). Our team accesses, refines and […]

The ICD-10 thaw, part 2: The FY 2018 ICD-10-PCS update

July 21st, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

The ICD-10-PCS FY 2018 update was posted on the CMS website in the second half of May, and contains the changes to PCS that go into effect on October 1. […]

Coding for meaningful data: ICD-10-PCS root operations

May 24th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Root operations are core concepts at the heart of the ICD-10-PCS classification (PCS for short). Root operations are not created equal—some are more narrowly defined than others. It would be […]

Remembering Dr. Bob: “The father of ICD-10-PCS”

January 25th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Dr. Robert Mullin passed away on Friday, January 20. A sad day for all of us. Dr. Bob was one of the clearest, toughest, most visionary thinkers it has ever […]

ICD-10 and good government

August 15th, 2016 / By Rhonda Butler

My years of posting blog diatribes against the politics behind the ICD-10 implementation saga may have sent a confusing message regarding government (as distinguished from politics), so I would like […]