Not Valid for Submission
G44 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other headache syndromes. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.
Specific Coding for Other headache syndromes
Non-specific codes like G44 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for other headache syndromes:
Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code G44:
Type 1 ExcludesType 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
- headache NOS R51.9
Type 2 ExcludesType 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
- CLUSTER HEADACHE-. a primary headache disorder that is characterized by severe strictly unilateral pain which is orbital supraorbital temporal or in any combination of these sites lasting 15 180 min. occurring 1 to 8 times a day. the attacks are associated with one or more of the following all of which are ipsilateral: conjunctival injection lacrimation nasal congestion rhinorrhea facial sweating eyelid edema and miosis. international classification of headache disorders 2nd ed. cephalalgia 2004: suppl 1
- HEADACHE DISORDERS-. various conditions with the symptom of headache. headache disorders are classified into major groups such as primary headache disorders based on characteristics of their headache symptoms and secondary headache disorders based on their etiologies. international classification of headache disorders 2nd ed. cephalalgia 2004: suppl 1
- HEADACHE DISORDERS PRIMARY-. conditions in which the primary symptom is headache and the headache cannot be attributed to any known causes.
Information for Patients
Almost everyone has had a headache. Headache is the most common form of pain. It's a major reason people miss days at work or school or visit the doctor.
The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tension headaches are due to tight muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw. They are often related to stress, depression or anxiety. You are more likely to get tension headaches if you work too much, don't get enough sleep, miss meals, or use alcohol.
Other common types of headaches include migraines, cluster headaches, and sinus headaches. Most people can feel much better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax and taking pain relievers.
Not all headaches require a doctor's attention. But sometimes headaches warn of a more serious disorder. Let your health care provider know if you have sudden, severe headaches. Get medical help right away if you have a headache after a blow to your head, or if you have a headache along with a stiff neck, fever, confusion, loss of consciousness, or pain in the eye or ear.
NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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