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HCPCS Level II Modifiers


Level II modifiers provide further information about the procedure or service performed. It gives more specificity for the service or procedure rendered. Modifiers are two-characters (either numeric or alphanumeric) in the sequence AA through VP, if the modifier has a letter in it, it’s a HCPCS modifier. If that modifier is entirely numeric, it’s a CPT modifier. These modifiers are annually...

Creation and structure of HCPCS Codes


The acronym HCPCS originally stood for HCFA Common Procedure Coding System, a medical billing process used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to 2001, CMS was known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). HCPCS was established in 1978 to provide a standardized coding system for describing the specific items and services provided in the delivery of health...

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