ICD-9 Coding Changes


Effective October 1, 2009, the ICD-9 is no longer available in print. A related classification, the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM), is used in assigning codes to diagnoses associated with inpatient, outpatient, and physician office utilization in the U.S. Volume 3 (procedures) is used in assigning codes associated with inpatient procedures.


Effective October 1, 2008, CDC has released their annual update to the ICD-9 codes. Therapists should be aware that updates in the following areas may impact their choice of ICD-9 coding:

New Categories, Revised Categories or Codes:

  • 249: Secondary diabetes mellitus
  • 250: Diabetes mellitus
  • 339: Other headache syndromes
  • 354 - 355: Mononeuritis of upper and lower limb (guidance pertains to complex regional pain syndrome)
  • 707: Chronic ulcer of skin
  • 713: Arthropathy
  • 728: Disorders of muscle, ligament, and fascia
  • 729: Other specified disorders of soft tissue
  • 733: Other disorders of bone and cartilage
  • 788: Urinary Incontinence
  • V13.5: Other musculoskeletal disorders
  • V15.5: Injury