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Thread: Acute intervertebral disc herniation

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    Default Acute intervertebral disc herniation

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    Is there an ICD-9-CM code for an acute herniation of the C5-C6 disk?

    I know 722.0 is more of a chronic code, but it appears the patient herniated her disk possibly picking up a child.

    What do you recommend?

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    We use 722.0

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    Vertebra (traumatic closed) is 839.40
    Cervical closed is 839.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by penguins11 View Post
    We use 722.0

    Even for acute herniations?

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    Nope sorry, should have been more specific, for ones not documented as trauma it is 722.0. For definite trauma C5-C6, I would use 839.05, 839.06. If its "possible" though I dont know if I would definitely assume trauma related. If you use the trauma related ones there is a good chance the insurance company will send a questionnaire to the patient assuming it is auto or work related so I would probably watch the reimbursement on this one to make sure the insurance company doesnt pend your claim forever waiting for a COB questionnare from the patient.

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