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HCPCS Coding System

The acronym HCPCS (pronounced "hick picks") stands for Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System. This coding system is overseen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These are codes for such items as DME, supplies, drugs or other physician services. HCPCS is an alphanumeric system that includes on the CPT® system. HCPCS Codes are broken down into the following sections:

A Medical and surgical supplies
B Enteral and parenteral therapy
C Outpatient prospective payment system
E Durable medical equipment (DME)
F Procedures/professional services (procedures not listed by CPT®)
H Rehabilitative services
I Drugs administered other than oral method
J Durable medical equipment (used by Medicare carrier)
L Prosthetic implants
P Pathology and laboratory services
Q Q codes (temporary)
R Diagnostic radiology services
S Temporary national codes (non-Medicare)
T National T codes established for State Medicaid Agencies

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