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HCPCS codes.

The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) is a set of health care procedure codes based on the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Commonly pronounced Hick-Picks.  (HCPCS HCPCS Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System ) codes are level II codes that provide practitioners with the terminology and other information needed to bill for some of the supplies and products we use during patient care (figure). (Level I codes are CPT CPT

See: Carriage Paid To
 codes.) Failure to use the correct HCPCS codes may result in claims denial.

The level II HCPCS codes were initially described on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Medicare and Medicaid

U.S. government programs in effect since 1966. Medicare covers most people 65 or older and those with long-term disabilities. Part A, a hospital insurance plan, also pays for home health visits and hospice care.
 Services' Web site ( as follows:

"Level II of the HCPCS is a standardized coding system Noun 1. coding system - a system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages
code - a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy
 that is used primarily to identify products, supplies, and services not included in the CPT codes, such as ambulance services and durable medical equipment Durable medical equipment is a term of art used to describe certain Medicare benefits, that is, whether Medicare may pay for the item. The item is defined by Title XVIII the Social Security Act:

, prosthetics, orthotics orthotics /or·thot·ics/ (-iks) the field of knowledge relating to orthoses and their use.

, and supplies (DMEPOS DMEPOS Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies ) when used outside a physician's office. Because Medicare and other insurers cover a variety of services, supplies, and equipment that are not identified by CPT codes, the level II HCPCS codes were established for submitting claims for these items. The development and use of level II of the HCPCS began in the 1980s. Level II codes are also referred to as alphanumeric codes because they consist of a single alphabetical letter followed by 4 numeric digits, while CPT codes are identified using 5 numeric digits."

As time progressed, the currently used HCPCS codes were adopted for all supply billing because of the acceptance by most payers: "The regulation that CMS published on August 17, 2000 (45 CFR CFR

See: Cost and Freight
 162.10002) to implement the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191) Also known as the "Kennedy-Kassebaum Act," this U.S. law protects employees' health insurance coverage when they change or lose their jobs (Title I) and provides standards for patient health,  requirement for standardized coding systems established the HCPCS level II codes as the standardized coding system for describing and identifying health care equipment and supplies in health care transactions that are not identified by the HCPCS level I, CPT codes. The HCPCS level II coding system was selected as the standardized coding system because of its wide acceptance among both public and private insurers." *

Some of the supplies you use might be reimbursable. Don't leave any potential reimbursement on the table, regardless of how small it may seem. They add up over time. To bill for such items, you will need a current HCPCS book. HCPCS codes (and regularly published updates) are available on the CMS provider Web site ( for downloading. The AMA (Automatic Message Accounting) The recording and reporting of telephone calls within a telephone system. It includes the calling and called parties and start and stop times of the call.  sells the HCPCS publication to providers, and it is also available through many publication vendors.

* Dr. Isenberg is an otolaryngologist in private practice in Indianapolis;
Figure. Software shows four examples of paid reimbursements fbr three
CPT codes and one HCPCS code. For the bottom entry on this list (HCPCS
code J3301 2007 descriptor: injection, triamcinolone acetonide, per 10
mg), the physician was reimbursed $7.22 (the fees shown here are

(1-4 displayed of 4 total results)

Date of      Proc/Rev   Charge    Paid    Phy/Prov     Not     Remark
Service        Code     Amount   Amount   Adj/Disc   Covered    Code

01/05/2007    312310    300.00   125.00    150.00      0.00      D1
01/05/2007    302000    150.00    52.50     97.50      0.00      EC
01/05/2007     99213     85.00    58.00     27.00      0.00      D1
01/05/2007     J3301     44.00     7.22     36.78      0.00      D1

Date of      Copay/       Paitent                  Plan     Denied
Service      Deduct   Responsibility   Reserve   Coverage    Date

01/05/2007   25.00         0.00          0.00      100%       N/A
01/05/2007    0.00         0.00          0.00      100%       N/A
01/05/2007    0.00         0.00          0.00      100%       N/A
01/05/2007    0.00         0.00          0.00      100%       N/A

Date of         Check        Check            Description
Service          Date       Number     ICD9    of Service

01/05/2007   01/12/2007   0713154500    470     SURGERY
01/05/2007   01/12/2007   0713154500    470     SURGERY
01/05/2007   01/12/2007   0713154500    470     OFFICE V
01/05/2007   01/12/2007   0713154500    470     PRESCRIP
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Author:Isenberg, Steven F.
Publication:Ear, Nose and Throat Journal
Date:Jun 1, 2007
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