Not Valid for Submission
G44.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of post-traumatic headache. The code 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.
Specific Coding for Post-traumatic headache
Header codes like G44.3 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 post-traumatic headache:
- G44.30 - ... unspecified
- G44.301 - ... unspecified, intractable
- G44.309 - ... unspecified, not intractable
- G44.31 - Acute post-traumatic headache
- G44.311 - Acute post-traumatic headache, intractable
- G44.319 - Acute post-traumatic headache, not intractable
- G44.32 - Chronic post-traumatic headache
- G44.321 - Chronic post-traumatic headache, intractable
- G44.329 - Chronic post-traumatic headache, not intractable
- POST TRAUMATIC HEADACHE-. secondary headache attributed to trauma of the head and/or the neck.
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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