Learning Objectives:

1. Define the 7 ICD-10-PCS (PCS) Approach Values
2. Apply 7 PCS Guidelines pertaining to Approaches
3. Correctly identify the Approach value in 5 scenarios from Coding Clinic
4. Correctly identify the correct Approach value in 6 scenarios from AHIMA’s ICD-10-PCS: The 7 Approaches in the Medical and Surgical Section, and from 2016 PCS Reference Manual
5. Assign the correct MS-DRG in 3 scenarios in which Approach affects the grouper logic.


Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS and Aaron Scholand


1.0 – Clinical Data Management

Date Published

November 13, 2018