What is an ICD code?
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes are numeric or alpha-numeric codes that are used to classify a diagnosis. The ICD-CM (Clinical Modification) is the version of ICD that is used in the United States.
The U.S. transitioned from ICD-9-CM (9th Revision) in October 2015 and is currently using the ICD-10-CM (10th Revision).
What ICD code do you report when results are normal?
Coding for diagnostic tests should be consistent with the following guidelines:
- Code for the result of the diagnostic test.
- In the case of a normal result, the next choice would be to choose a diagnosis code that reflects the reason for the referral and/or the chief presenting complaint.
- It is helpful to include other secondary diagnosis codes that will help paint a clear clinical picture of why the test(s) are being performed.
ICD-10 Resources for Your Practice
The Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) has developed an updated, editable superbill template for 2022 to serve as a guide for audiologists working to prepare a superbill for their own practices. The CRC recognizes not all ICD-10 codes found on this template will be utilized in all practice settings. The template is designed to help you create a superbill that best meets the needs of your practice setting.
Additional ICD-10-CM Resources
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2022 ICD-10-CM
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ICD-10-CM Browser Tool
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ICD-10-CM Background
Have Additional Questions?
Have additional coding, reimbursement or compliance questions? E-mail the Academy’s reimbursement mailbox. By submitting questions to the centralized mailbox, the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) is able to review and discuss all inquiries posed to the Academy. This allows the CRC to research responses, identify trends in coding and reimbursement, develop coding and reimbursement resources, and engage in advocacy with payers regarding concerning policies.