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What is the ICD-9 code for a fall?

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According to ICD-9 Data, the correct ICD-9 code for a fall is E888.9. However, on Oct. 1, 2015, this code is scheduled to be replaced by the appropriate ICD-10 code.

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The code E888.9 is a billable medical code that is given to insurance companies for reimbursement. However, ICD-9 Data states that the code E888.9 describes only the circumstances surrounding a potential injury and should not be charted in any patient chart as a diagnosis. The reasons to chart this code would be if a patient accidentally fell, or if the patient received an injury due to falling before or after entering the hospital, states ICD-9 Data.

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