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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 CMS Hospital outpatient payment system
E Durable medical equipment (DME)
G Temporary procedures/professional services
H Behavioral health and/or substance absue treatments services
J Drugs other than chemotherapy
K Temporary codes assigned to DME regional carriers
L Orthotics and Prosthetics
M Other medical services
P Laboratory Services
Q Temporary codes assigned by CMS
R Diagnostic radiology services
S Temporary national codes established by private payers
T Temporary national codes established by Medicaid

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