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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements
This section describes how HCUP data elements are coded, restrictions on their use, their uniform values, and State-specific coding practices.
PRMCCSn - Multi-Level CCS for ICD-9-CM Procedures
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes

The Clinical Classification Software (CCS) consists of two related classification systems, single-level and multi-level, which are designed to meet different needs. Single-level CCS is most useful for ranking of diagnoses and procedures and for direct integration into risk adjustment and other software. Multi-level CCS is most useful when evaluating larger aggregations of conditions and procedures or exploring them in greater detail. CCS documentation provides a listing of the ICD-9-CM codes that are included in each CCS diagnosis and procedure category.

Single-level CCS. This system classifies all diagnoses and procedures into unique groups. The single-level diagnosis CCS aggregates illnesses and conditions into 285 mutually exclusive categories. Most of these categories are homogeneous; for example, CCS category #1 is "Tuberculosis." Some CCS categories combine several less common, individual conditions, such as CCS category #3, which is "Other Bacterial Infections."

Multi-level CCS. The multi-level CCS expands the single-level CCS into a hierarchical system. The multi-level CCS groups single-level CCS categories into broader body systems or condition categories (e.g., "Diseases of the Circulatory System," "Mental Disorders," and "Injury"). It also splits single-level CCS categories to provide more detail. The multi-level system has four levels for diagnoses and three levels for procedures, which provide the opportunity to examine general groupings or to assess very specific conditions and procedures.

The table below provides an example of multi-level CCS for procedures, showing how single-level categories #43 and #44 are further subdivided into more specific levels in the multi-level system.

Examples of multi-level CCS procedure categories
7. Operations on the cardiovascular system
  7.1. Heart valve procedures [43]
  7.2. Coronary artery bypass graft [44]
    7.2.1. Bypass of one coronary artery
    7.2.2. Bypass of two coronary arteries
    7.2.3. Bypass of three coronary arteries
    7.2.4. Bypass of four coronary arteries

Note: Numbers in brackets refer to single-level CCS categories.

For data beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015, the multi-level procedure CCS is stored in the data element I10_PRMCCSn to indicate the implementation of the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding system.

Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
PRMCCSnMulti-Level CCS for ICD-9-CM Proceduresnn.nn.nnMulti-Level CCS value
.A, AInvalid
.C, CInconsistent
State Specific Notes



Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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