Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) is the standard HIPAA
code set for reporting supplies, orthotic and prosthetic
devices, and durable medical equipment. In combination with
the Current Procedure Terminology
(CPT) codes, it is also used to report physician and other
health care services.
HCPCS is one of
the formats in which drugs and biologics may be coded for
reimbursement and other reporting for non-retail pharmacy
settings. (NDC is an alternative.
The HIPAA regulations do not at present designate a single
standard for this purpose.)
HCPCS was formerly
called the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) Common
Procedure Coding System, after the agency that became the
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the
Bush II administration.