Fibromyalgia has finally been included as an independent diagnosis in the ICD-10-CM or International Classification of Diseases, tenth revision, clinical modification. Fibromyalgia was previously with the code of 729.1 which is synonymous with myalgia and myositis, unspecified. The World Health Organization (WHO) is responsible for publishing the codes of the CIE and keeps them updated.
Health advocates have shared that change is a positive step for patients suffering from fibromyalgia. This increases the recognition of the disease and provides health providers with a clear code for the insurance bill. The International Classification of Diseases (CIE codes) is considered the standard and used by hospitals, clinics, doctors, insurance companies and others. M79.7 is now the billable ICD-10-CMcode for fibromyalgia. Both the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services use the ICD-10-CM.
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is no longer useful for insurance billing purposes. They are also used by the World Health Organization and others to control the prevalence of certain diseases and analyze the data. The codes are constantly being revised, and ICD-11 will be available in the future.
Before fibromyalgia received their own diagnostic code, doctors were forced to use code 729.1 which signifies myalgia and myositis, unspecified. This code includes different types of muscle pain and is not specific enough for the disease. However, patients suffering from fibromyalgia now have their own code for diagnosis. In the past, some insurance providers do not cover fibromyalgia, so health advocates hope that the new code will encourage greater coverage.
Researchers also use the ICD-10-CM and ICD codes to track diseases and categorize their studies. By having a specific code for fibromyalgia, researchers will be able to track the condition easier and make it easier for patients who follow the latest news.