This page provides an overview of spine-specific information on ICD-9 and the transition to ICD-10.


As of October 1, 2015 all health care entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) were required to use ICD-10 codes in place of the previous ICD-9-CM code set for medical diagnoses. ICD-10 is a more detailed system that allows for collection of more specific data about patient diagnoses. ICD-10 codes are 3-7 digits compared with the 3-5 digits in ICD-9-CM.

NASS has developed a crosswalk of ICD-9-CM codes commonly used in spine care to the new ICD-10 codes. These recommendations reflect the opinions of the NASS Coding Committee and do not constitute an official position or statement by NASS.

CMS has numerous resources related to ICD-10 maintenance and assessment. NASS also continues to include ICD-10 information in its coding courses and in Common Coding Scenarios for Comprehensive Spine Care.