CMS Releases 2014 ICD-10-PCS Guidelines, Code Tables and Index

On May 17, 2013, CMS released the 2014 ICD-10-PCS Materials, including guidelines, code tables, index, what’s new, a quick reference guide, and more. On October 1, 2014, ICD-10-PCS will replace ICD-9-CM, Volume 3, for coding inpatient procedures. Of course, CPT codes will still be used for outpatient procedures and services.

CMS also clarified that there will be no national requirement for the reporting of ICD-10-CM codes in Chapter 20, External Causes of Morbidity, although providers are encouraged to voluntarily report external cause codes. However, as with ICD-9-CM, providers may still be required to report ICD-10-CM external cause codes by their state or payer(s).


Spotlight on Choice Medical Group

Choice Medical Group signed a 3-year license for the SymKey® 1.31 for EZ-CAP® 5.x Professional Claims module and Virtual Auto-Post™ module in July 2012. Choice originally decided to pursue HCIM’s