ICD-10-CM Code M19.0

Primary osteoarthritis of other joints

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M19.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of primary osteoarthritis of other joints. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Primary osteoarthritis of other joints
Long Description:Primary osteoarthritis of other joints

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • M19.01 - Primary osteoarthritis, shoulder
  • M19.011 - Primary osteoarthritis, right shoulder
  • M19.012 - Primary osteoarthritis, left shoulder
  • M19.019 - Primary osteoarthritis, unspecified shoulder
  • M19.02 - Primary osteoarthritis, elbow
  • M19.021 - Primary osteoarthritis, right elbow
  • M19.022 - Primary osteoarthritis, left elbow
  • M19.029 - Primary osteoarthritis, unspecified elbow
  • M19.03 - Primary osteoarthritis, wrist
  • M19.031 - Primary osteoarthritis, right wrist
  • M19.032 - Primary osteoarthritis, left wrist
  • M19.039 - Primary osteoarthritis, unspecified wrist
  • M19.04 - Primary osteoarthritis, hand
  • M19.041 - Primary osteoarthritis, right hand
  • M19.042 - Primary osteoarthritis, left hand
  • M19.049 - Primary osteoarthritis, unspecified hand
  • M19.07 - Primary osteoarthritis ankle and foot
  • M19.071 - Primary osteoarthritis, right ankle and foot
  • M19.072 - Primary osteoarthritis, left ankle and foot
  • M19.079 - Primary osteoarthritis, unspecified ankle and foot

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Osteoarthritis (M15-M19)
      • Other and unspecified osteoarthritis (M19)

Code History

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

Information for Patients


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes pain, swelling, and reduced motion in your joints. It can occur in any joint, but usually it affects your hands, knees, hips or spine.

Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement. When you lose cartilage, your bones rub together. Over time, this rubbing can permanently damage the joint.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include

  • Being overweight
  • Getting older
  • Injuring a joint

No single test can diagnose osteoarthritis. Most doctors use several methods, including medical history, a physical exam, x-rays, or lab tests.

Treatments include exercise, medicines, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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