AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Cervical Disc Disorders

The instructional note at category M50, Cervical disc disorders states, “Code to the most superior level of disorder.” Coders at our facility are trying to interpret this instruction for assigning codes for cervical disc disorders. Does this directive apply only to adjacent levels? If several regions are affected, involving different levels (e.g., C3-C4 and C5-C6), is the code for only the most superior level assigned or can both levels be coded? ...

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