tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 5

You Be the Coder: Dig Down to the Reason for Chronic Pain

Question: What is the difference between acute and chronic pain, from a coding perspective? Rhode Island Subscriber Answer: Acute pain typically lasts less than three to six months and can be directly related to tissue damage or associated with a recent accident, injury or surgery. Normally, acute pain disappears when the underlying cause of the pain has been treated or has healed. ICD-10 codes: Codes that you’ll use for acute pain diagnoses include: G89.0, Central pain syndrome G89.11, Acute pain due to trauma G89.12, Acute post-thoracotomy pain G89.18, Other acute postprocedural pain R52, Acute...

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