Facility medical coders and billers rely on the ICD-10-Procedure Coding System (PCS) to completely describe the procedures performed in the inpatient setting. Based on 'smart codes' that describe the anatomical regions, body part, approach, device used, and any qualifiers, the ICD-10-PCS coding system uses tables to help the medical coder find one of 87,000 codes that best describes the service.
The ICD-10-PCS coding system is essential to hospital coding because it is often paired with the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code to determine the Diagnostic Related Group (DRG) through the hospital reports to be paid. AAPC Coder helps determine the proper code via table and operation, along with the following aids:
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