HCPCS codes are numbers Medicare assigns to every task and service a medical practitioner may provide to a patient. There are codes for each medical, surgical, and diagnostic service.
HCPCS stands for Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System. HCPCS billing codes are monitored by CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
They are based on the American Medical Association’s CPT Codes (Current Procedural Technology codes). HCPCS codes are regulated by HIPAA, which requires all healthcare organizations to use the standard codes for transactions involving healthcare information.
The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation, such as transcription of physician’s notes, laboratory and radiologic results, etc.