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Acute low back pain

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    Hello board,

    ER chart - How would you code the diagnosis of acute low back pain...ICD-9 coding.

    Thank you!

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    724.2 is what I would probably use

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    The debate is 724.2 only versus 724.2 and 338.19

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimlanunziata View Post
    The debate is 724.2 only versus 724.2 and 338.19
    Read the guidelines on pain management. They tell you that if the reason for the encounter is pain management then you code the 338code first listed, also if the site of the pain or the underlying condition causing the pain is documented then code it also.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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