Pharyngitis ICD-10-CM Coding

Pharyngitis ICD-10-CM Coding

Pharyngitis (more commonly called sore throat) is inflammation of the pharynx. Sore throat typically is caused by bacterial or viral infections, and is a common reason people go to see their doctor.

Coding is straightforward, so long as the provider documents whether the problem in acute or chronic, and the causative agent (e.g., streptococcus), if known.

J02.0 Streptococcal pharyngitis

J02.8 Acute pharyngitis due to other specified organisms

J02.9 Acute pharyngitis, unspecified

J31.1 Chronic nasopharyngitis

J31.2 Chronic pharyngitis

John Verhovshek

John Verhovshek

John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is Managing Editor at AAPC. He has covered medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University, and a member of the Asheville-Hendersonville AAPC Local Chapter.
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John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is Managing Editor at AAPC. He has covered medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University, and a member of the Asheville-Hendersonville AAPC Local Chapter.

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