ICD-10-PCS: The code format

 

Submitted by Suzanne Layne, director, Health Information Management

 

ICD-10 codes, both CM (diagnosis codes) and PCS (procedure codes) will be implemented in the U.S. this year for discharges on or after October 1, 2015.

 

The foundation of ICD-10-PCS is a constant structure, which allows the coder to build codes character by character once the value of each character is understood.

 

Review this ICD-10 Tip to gain more understanding of the code format.

 

To help you prepare for ICD-10 implementation, MLH Clinician is providing weekly information on the purpose, features and implications of the transition to ICD-10.  Previous articles in this series are available here.

 

If you have questions, email ICD10info@mlhs.org.

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