2021 ICD-10-CM Code G44.2

Tension-type headache

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

G44.2 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of tension-type headache. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:G44.2
Short Description:Tension-type headache
Long Description:Tension-type headache

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Tension-type headache

Non-specific codes like G44.2 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 tension-type headache:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - G44.20 for Tension-type headache, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G44.201 for Tension-type headache, unspecified, intractable
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G44.209 for Tension-type headache, unspecified, not intractable
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - G44.21 for Episodic tension-type headache
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G44.211 for Episodic tension-type headache, intractable
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G44.219 for Episodic tension-type headache, not intractable
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - G44.22 for Chronic tension-type headache
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G44.221 for Chronic tension-type headache, intractable
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G44.229 for Chronic tension-type headache, not intractable

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Headache

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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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)