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Orthopedic Coding Alert


Focus on Laterality for These Sciatica Equivalents

Don’t overlook this Excludes1 Note. Sciatica means the patient presents with compression to the sciatic nerve.  To report the correct code, you should specify where the sciatica is occurring.  ICD-9-CM Code: Currently, you report this condition with this code: 724.3, Sciatica  ICD-10-CM Code: When your diagnosis system changes, you will report instead: M54.30, Sciatica, unspecified side M54.31, Sciatica, right side [...]

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