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Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System - HCPCS
Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)
: The Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) is
a set of standards created in 1978 that are designed to process
patient insurance claims. Although initially voluntary, HIPPA made
madatory the use HCPCS. Medicare, Medicaid, and various other
insurance programs follow HCPCS codes. The HCPCS consists primarly of
two main groupings - Level I and Level II codes. Level III ("local")
codes were first established when an insurer preferred that suppliers use a local code to identify a service, which at the time level I and level II codes could not satify the request. Due to the unreliability of local codes they were officially removed on December
-Contains CPT (Current Procedural Terminology),
-a system maintained by the American Medical Association compromised of
-CPT codes consist of five numbers.
-These codes are used to identify medical services and procedures by physicians and other health care professionals.
-Once the service has been identified the health care professionals use the CPT codes for billing private or private health insurance programs. 
-The use of level II of the HCPCS begain in the 1980's
-Contains codes which identify products,
-Supplies, services and equipment
-These codes are not included in the CPT and consist of a single letter
followed by four numbers.
Examples of HCPCS Codes
Basic metabolic panel (Calcium, ionized)
Gonadotropin, chorionic (hCG); free beta chain
Mononuclear cell antigen, quantitative (eg, flow cytometry), not
otherwise specified, each antigen
http://www.arkmedicare.com/ provider/viewarticle.aspx? articleid=5790
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Healthcare_Common_Procedure_ Coding_System
AMA (American Medical Association)
CPT (Current Procedural Terminology)
http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Healthcare_Common_ Procedure_Coding_System
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