ICD-10-PCS Video Demonstration: By The Book

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Hello coders,

We have received several requests to create a video demonstrating how to create an ICD-10-PCS code. So for all of those visual learners, this one is for you! This short video instructs on how to report a PCS code for open appendectomy. Enjoy!

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  1. Anna August 20, 2016

    Absolutely loved this brief but very helpful visual explanation! Will be looking out for more videos. Thanks

  2. Career Step August 23, 2016

    Hi Anna!
    Thank you so much for your comment, we are glad this video was helpful for you!

    Best of luck!

  3. Suzanne February 11, 2017

    Hi, a couple of times now, in my ICD-10-PCS coding module, I have been given an exercise to code and for the life of me I can not find what I am supposed to code. For example: Removal of foreign body, right cornea. I looked up Removal—no eye or retina is listed; I looked up foreign body—no listing; I looked up cornea—no listing. I looked in the appendixes and can not locate anything. I get stuck on these exercises. As I am a visual and kinesthetic learner, sometimes it feels as if the book is lacking a step or two.

    Okay, looked again and found it…totally by accident! I was looking under excision of the whole eye (08B…) when low and behold underneath that code was 08C…EXTIRPATION!! Now I pride myself on a fairly extensive vocabulary but this word would never have entered my brain, lol! And this is where I feel that the book leaves unanswered questions…where in the book does it give me a thesaurus for procedures? I did look back under Root Operation definitions but there was not a list of other words under ‘Removal.’

    Thank you!



  4. CodingSupport February 13, 2017

    Yes, extirpation is the PCS root operation word when it comes to removing a foreign body.  This word is very unique to coding. Referencing appendix B can be useful for a comprehensive list of root operations.  Also, the handbook will explain each root operation with its definition and examples. Becoming familiar with the root operations is key to coding ICD-10-PCS.



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