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ICD10PCS (ICD-10 Procedure Coding System) - Synopsis

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The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) was developed for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS is the U.S. governmental agency responsible for overseeing all changes and modifications to the ICD-10-PCS.

ICD-10-PCS is being developed as the successor to Volume 3 of the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM). For more information about ICD-9-CM, see the ICD-9-CM source synopsis.

ICD-10-PCS will be the official system of assigning codes to procedures associated with hospital utilization in the United States. ICD-10-PCS codes will support data collection, payment and electronic health records.

ICD-10-PCS is a medical classification coding system for procedural codes.

ICD-10-PCS codes are alphanumeric and seven characters long.

Metathesaurus Scope
The UMLS Metathesaurus includes all data from the “long description” and “table description” format files.

ICD-10-PCS is intended for use by health care professionals, health care organizations, and insurance programs.

ICD-10-PCS codes are used in a variety of clinical and health care applications for reporting, morbidity statistics, and billing.

Update Frequency
ICD-10-PCS is updated annually.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
ICD-10-PCS is updated in the Metathesaurus as resources permit.

Sites Consulted

  1. Medicare [Internet]. Baltimore (MD): Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; [cited 2009 Apr 24]. Overview of ICD-10; [modified 2009 Apr 11; cited 2009 Apr 24]. Available from:; ICD-10-PCS reference manual: