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    Default Icd-9 code

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help with and ICD-9 code for Loss of Balance?

    Thank you

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    Default Imbalance

    The code is: 781.2

    Gait:
    ataxic
    paralytic
    spastic
    staggering
    ataxia:

    NOS (781.3)
    locomotor (progressive) (094.0)
    difficulty in walking (719.7)


    This is found under "Imbalance".

    Jennifer

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    Quote Originally Posted by saave853 View Post
    Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help with and ICD-9 code for Loss of Balance?

    Thank you
    actually the E code for loss of balance

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    2017 ICD-10-CM Coding Book
    Quote Originally Posted by BARNABY View Post
    actually the E code for loss of balance
    Actually, it would depend on the situation. You only want to use an E code for first time encounters- it would not be appropriate for use on a patient who is coming in, say, for consistent issues with loss of balance that they want to address. I believe 781.2 would be more appropriate for that. An E code would be appropriate if they were coming to the ER or if they were, for example, seeing their orthopedist after having an injury due to loss of balance and it was their first visit to doc. E codes are used purely to indicate how an accident occurred, and also should never be the first listed or only listed diagnosis code.
    Talitha Mitchell, CPC, CPMA, COSC
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