Important ICD-10 change for chiropractors

The 2022 changes to the ICD-10 code list takes effect this coming October 1, 2021. This year, an important change is made for one of the most common diagnosis codes for chiropractors. M54.5 – Low back pain is removed form the ICD-10 code list and replaced with codes that are more specific:

  • New Code: M54.50 Low back pain, unspecified. This includes Loin pain and Lumbago NOS.
  • New Code: M54.51 Vertebrogenic low back pain, Low back vertebral endplate pain
  • New Code: M54.59 Other low back pain
  • M54.8 Other dorsalgia. Revise low back pain (M54.5) to low back pain (M54.5-)

Claims filed after October 1, 2021 should use the new codes in place of M54.5.

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