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Orthopedic Coding Alert

ICD-10 Update:

ICD-10 Gets Specific For Diastasis Of Muscle

Cause, not site guide you to the right code.You can expect ICD-10 to bring lots of changes to the way you'll report myositis and other musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disorders, including muscle diastasis. When ICD-10 is enforced, you'll need to confirm the underlying diastasis cause to ensure you are applying the right code. See our expert advice on code selection below.(See Orthopedic Coding Alert, Vol. 15 No. 4 for advice on reporting myositis when ICD-10 is implemented).Confirm Trauma for DiastasisThe ICD-9 code for muscle separation 728.84 (Diastasis of muscle) specifies 'diastasis'. This is a muscle separation. For example, diastasis recti implies the separation of the rectus abdominis into two halves, the right and the left halves still joined at the linea alba. "The rectus abdominis is normally separated at two halves, joined at the linea alba. A diastasis describes a separation of the muscles that is abnormal. The normal [...]

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