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Standards for Electronic Transactions and Code Sets

Subpart J - Code Sets

§162.1000 General requirements.

When conducting a transaction covered by this part, a covered entity must meet the following requirements:

(a) Medical data code sets. Use the applicable medical data code sets described in §162.1002 as specified in the implementation specification adopted under this part that are valid at the time the health care is furnished.

(b) Nonmedical data code sets. Use the nonmedical data code sets as described in the implementation specifications adopted under this part that are valid at the time the transaction is initiated.

§162.1002 Medical data code sets.

The Secretary adopts the following code set maintaining organization’s code sets as the standard medical data code sets:

(a) International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification, (ICD-9- CM), Volumes 1 and 2 (including The Official ICD-9-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting), as maintained and distributed by HHS, for the following conditions:

(1) Diseases.

(2) Injuries.

(3) Impairments.

(4) Other health problems and their manifestations.

(5) Causes of injury, disease, impairment, or other health problems.

(b) International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification, Volume 3 Procedures (including The Official ICD-9-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting), as maintained and distributed by HHS, for the following procedures or other actions taken for diseases, injuries, and impairments on hospital inpatients reported by hospitals:

(1) Prevention.

(2) Diagnosis.

(3) Treatment.

(4) Management.

(c) National Drug Codes (NDC), as maintained and distributed by HHS, in collaboration with drug manufacturers, for the following:

(1) Drugs.

(2) Biologics.

(d) Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature, as maintained and distributed by the American Dental Association, for dental services.

(e) The combination of Health Care Financing Administration Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), as maintained and distributed by HHS, and Current Procedural Terminology, Fourth Edition (CPT-4), as maintained and distributed by the American Medical Association, for physician services and other health care services. These services include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Physician services.

(2) Physical and occupational therapy services.

(3) Radiologic procedures.

(4) Clinical laboratory tests.

(5) Other medical diagnostic procedures.

(6) Hearing and vision services.

(7) Transportation services including ambulance.

(f) The Health Care Financing Administration Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), as maintained and distributed by HHS, for all other substances, equipment, supplies, or other items used in health care services. These items include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Medical supplies.

(2) Orthotic and prosthetic devices.

(3) Durable medical equipment.

§162.1011 Valid code sets.

Each code set is valid within the dates specified by the organization responsible for maintaining that code set.

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