AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2002 Issue 1; FOR your INFORMATION

CMS calls for an end to Local Level III HCPCS codes

by Charles CatalineDirector of Health PolicyThe Ohio Hospital Association The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking a big step toward the full implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) claims processing standards with the announcement that all intermediaries and carriers must eliminate local Level III HCPCS codes by October. The message came in Program Memorandum AB-02-005. It can be read at www.hcfa.gov/pubforms/transmit/AB02005.pdf. The announcement was a result of HIPAA’s call for an efficient coding system that meets uniform standards and requirements, which will provide uniformity to the healthcare claims...

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