Current Pedorthics March-April 2016 | Vol.48, Issue 2 - Page 34

STANDARDS, SPECIFIC DETAILS & JEOPARDY the consequence of error. The unrealistic standards in HCPCS coding do not allow coordination between suppliers and consumers. For a supplier, this is an absolutely unnecessary risk. Some reasonable advice, don’t guess and don’t gamble. Carefully read HCPCS coding before you accept an order. Do not fulfill requests for unspecified products. The risk is too high to proceed. The de facto HCPCS Level II orthotic and prosthetic procedures codes grossly lack standardization. The Level II orthotic and prosthetic procedures codes are a powerful force derived intact from the obsolete informal conventions of a long extinct shoe industry. We are in a 21st century economy. The ab- sence of viable HCPCS Level II standards requires immediate address. Viable standards are necessary. Consumers must know what they are asking for. Producers must be able to produce goods without undue risk. These problems are correctable. The people who use an item or service, or specify it (procedure codes, government, industry, etc.), have a responsibility to justify the standards they use. Specify technically correct coding, establish the standards, and utilize codes correctly. Producers need to be involved in preparing and correcting coding. Become an active part of the regulatory process. People in business have to be involved. You are obligated to your "People in business have to be involved. You are obligated to your dependents and clients. Become an essential part of the process." 32 Pedorthic Footcare Association www.pedorthics.org Photo from: @iStockphoto.com/robertprzybysz "Some reasonable advice, don’t guess and don’t gamble. Carefully read HCPCS coding before you accept an order."