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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2018A

Data Element Name: ICD-10-PCS Principal Procedure Code
Collected For: All Records, Optional for All HBIPS Records
Definition:The principal procedure is the procedure performed for definitive treatment rather than diagnostic or exploratory purposes, or which is necessary to take care of a complication.

Note: If transmitted for the HBIPS measure set, all applicable edits (e.g., valid value, ICD-10-PCS Principal Procedure Date exists, etc.) will apply.
Suggested Data Collection Question:What was the ICD-10-PCS code selected as the principal procedure for this record?
Length:3-7 (without decimal point or dot; upper or lower case)
Allowable Values:

Any valid procedure code as per the CMS ICD-10-PCS master code table (PCS Long and Abbreviated Titles): https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html
Notes for Abstraction:None
Suggested Data Sources:

  • Discharge summary
  • Face sheet
  • UB-04
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
None None

ICD-10-PCS Principal Procedure Code
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2018A)
Discharges 07-01-18 (3Q18) through 12-31-18 (4Q18)