ICD-10 coding for pain doesn't have to hurt

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
ICD-10 coding for pain doesn't have to hurt

Pain is a fairly common concept in medicine. The key is know when acute pain can be coded as chronic pain. (After 12 weeks)

Here's what you need to know when diagnosing pain:

  • G89.0 (Central pain syndrome)
  • G89.11 (Acute pain due to trauma)
  • G89.21 (Chronic pain due to trauma)

And check out Susan Dooley's examination of how pain treatments are coded.

Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10:

This is a weekly feature that I use to highlight practical tips on how to use and understand ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. Please let me know of any other sources that I can include.