Does the new section X in the ICD-10-PCS include any codes for drugs?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added section X (new technology) to ICD-10-PCS, which took effect October 1, 2015. The new section provides a place for codes that uniquely identify procedures requested via the new technology application process or that capture other new technologies, which includes specific drugs, not currently classified in ICD-10-PCS.
As explained by CMS, “The new section is simply a separate place for certain new technology procedures, such as infusion of new technology drugs, and was created because the public did not support adding any more of these types of codes to the other sections of ICD-10-PCS. Section X does not introduce any new coding concepts or unusual guidelines for correct coding.”
For more on section X, see SE1519 at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE1519.pdf.