HCR 220 Week 6 Discussion Question 1 Permanent national codes are maintained by the CMS HCPCS Workgroup. Decisions concerning additions, revisions, and deletions to the permanent national codes are the responsibility of the Workgroup. Private and public health insurers are the ones that use these codes. Because HCPCS is a national coding system, all payers will be represented in the Workgroup. Both private and public insurers manage the permanent national codes which provide a standardized coding system. This allows for a stable environment for claims submission and processing. On January 1 of each year, the national codes are updated. Temporary national codes are for the purpose of meeting, within a short time period, the national program operational needs of a particular insurer that is not already addressed in the permanent code system. The CMS HCPCS Workgroup maintains these codes as well, and has set aside certain sections of the HCPCS code set to allow the Workgroup to develop temporary codes. The CMS uses these
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