Some common chiropractic billing codes are: 353.0, which is brachial plexus compression; 353.2, which indicates cervical root lesions; 723.2, which is cervicocranial syndrome; 723.3, which is cervicobrachial syndrome; 724.02, which is code for lumbar spinal stenosis; and 724.5, which indicates backache or back pain syndrome. In addition to these codes, 723.1 appears as a frequent chiropractic diagnosis, as does 723.8; these codes represent cervicalgia and cervical syndrome, respectively. Despite their common use, these codes do not indicate spinal cord misalignment, and chiropractors must use them carefully to comply with insurance and billing law, according to the Chiropractic Resource Organization.
The eight most common codes listed above represent only a small fraction of potential chiropractic diagnostic codes. As a general rule, codes in the ICD-9 system between the numbers 001.0 and V82.9 hold many meanings, such as indicating symptoms, diagnoses, conditions and reasons for patients' visits to their chiropractors, according to the Chiropractic Resource Organization.
Within that range, codes between 001.0 and 999.9 specifically describe diseases or injuries. Codes between V01.0 and V82.9 describe reasons for office visits other than spinal diseases or injuries.
When documenting codes, chiropractors should ensure compliance with all state and federal laws. Additionally, chiropractors should show a direct correlation between the condition indicated and the services provided.