ICD-10 Code
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision
Apr 24, 2019

ICD-10 PCS Section “F” - Physical Rehabilitation & Diagnostic Audiology

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Physical Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Audiology

The 2nd character defines the particular body system or general physiological system or anatomical region involved.

 ⇓ Section Section Qualifier
F0 Physical Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Audiology Rehabilitation
F1 Physical Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Audiology Diagnostic Audiology
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Physical rehabilitation section codes represent procedures including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. Osteopathic procedures and chiropractic procedures are in sections 7 and 9 respectively. Physical rehabilitation and diagnostic audiology procedure codes have a first character value of “F”. The second character specifies the section qualifier Rehabilitation or Diagnostic Audiology. The third character specifies the root type.

There are 14 different root type values, which can be classified into four basic categories of rehabilitation and diagnostic audiology procedures, defined as follows:

  • Treatment: Use of specific activities or methods to develop, improve and/or restore the performance of necessary functions, compensate for dysfunction and/or minimize debilitation
  • Assessment: Includes a determination of the patient’s diagnosis when appropriate, need for treatment, planning for treatment, periodic assessment and documentation related to these activities
  • Fitting(s): Design, fabrication, modification, selection and/or application of splint, orthosis, prosthesis, hearing aids and/or other rehabilitation device
  • Caregiver Training: Educating caregiver with the skills and knowledge used to interact with and assist the patient

The root type Treatment includes training as well as activities which restore function. The fourth character specifies the body region and/or system on which the procedure is performed. The fifth character is a type qualifier that further specifies the procedure performed. Examples include therapy to improve the range of motion and training for bathing techniques. The sixth character specifies the equipment used. Specific equipment is not defined in the equipment value. Instead, broad categories of equipment are specified (e.g., aerobic endurance and conditioning, assistive/ adaptive/supportive, etc.) The seventh character is not specified in the rehabilitation and diagnostic audiology section, and always has the value None.

When ICD 10 was implemented on October 1, 2015, it did not affect physicians', outpatient facilities', and hospital outpatient departments' use of CPT codes on Medicare Fee-For-Service claims. Providers should continue to use CPT codes to report these services.