Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System

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HCPCS Level II codes commonly are referred to as national codes or by the acronym HCPCS, which stands for the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System. HCPCS codes are used for billing Medicare and Medicaid patients and have been adopted by some third-party payers. These codes, updated and published annually by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are intended to supplement the CPT coding system by including codes for nonphysician services, administration of injectable drugs, durable medical equipment (DME), and office supplies. The main terms are in boldface type in the index. Main term entries include tests, services, supplies, orthotics, prostheses, medical equipment, drugs, therapies, and some medical and surgical procedures.

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