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The preliminary version of the 2024 OPS procedure coding classification released in Germany
On August 11, 2024, the BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) published the preliminary version of the 2024 OPS procedure coding classification. The OPS, together with the ICD-10-GM (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, German Modification), forms the basis for the reimbursement systems in inpatient and outpatient care in Germany.
Numerous content updates and the inclusion of the new procedure codes concern chapters 5 "Operations" and 8 "Non-operative therapeutic measures". Also, changes were made in chapter 1 “Diagnostic measures”. The examples of newly introduced codes are provided below:
- 8-835.e0 Ablative measures for cardiac arrhythmias: Use of guidance: Use of endoscopy, endovascular
- 8-835.e1 Ablative measures for cardiac arrhythmias: Use of guidance: Use of magnetic resonance imaging
- 1-313.11 Esophageal manometry: High-resolution manometry: Long-term manometry
- 5-431.23 Gastrostomy: Percutaneous endoscopic (PEG): Using pull (thread-pass) technique without suture fixation, with the jejunal probe
- 1-279.b0 Other diagnostic catheter examinations of the heart and vessels: Measurement of hepatic venous pressure gradient: Via endovascular access
- 5-902.n** Free skin transplantation, recipient site: Permanent skin substitute using alloplastic skin substitute material, small area
The final version of the OPS classification is expected to be published at the end of October 2023.
The full details in German can be found here.
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