Fibromyalgia is finally recognized as an official diagnosis! Please share this information

Fibromyalgia is finally recognized as an official diagnosis! Please share this information

On October 1, 2015, Fibromyalgia finally has its own official ICD-10-CM code, officially approved in the United States.

The ICD-10-CM, acronym for the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification, is a list of diagnostic codes for the Medicare, Medicaid and National Health Center service centers, which contains medical information in the United States. United ICD-10 -CM. According to the ICD-10, the statistical classification of diseases published by the World Health Organization.

ICD codes are widely used in the health industry, including doctors, insurance companies and government agencies. They are used to identify diagnosed and classified diseases and conditions.

Used before October 1 in the diagnosis of a patient with fibromyalgia, the doctors had the general code 729.1: myalgia and myositis, unspecified. Any type of muscle pain or inflammation can be included in the code. But FM is recognized as a separate entity with its own code M79.7 – Fibromyalgia.

Because it is important?

An ICD-10-CM code for fibromyalgia has many potential benefits, but four in particular come to mind.

The fact that fibromyalgia has its own diagnostic code makes it almost impossible for doctors who say it is not real. The World Health Organization and the government of the United States have given their official agreement.
The ICD-10-CM codes are used by insurance companies, the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement decision centers. So far, some insurance companies have refused to treat treatments for fibromyalgia, insisting that it was not a real disease. They can not say the same.
Despite the disadvantage of stating that not only are established on the basis of a diagnosis that recognizes that fibromyalgia is a legitimate diagnosis, this is one of the reasons why it is sometimes used as a basis for rejection and may lead to disability. Little easier to eliminate the victory.
Another diagnostic code will improve the consistency of fibromyalgia research. Ginevra Liptaň, MD, noted in her recent article in the National Pain Report: “The new code will also allow a deeper analysis of the treatment of fibromyalgia results; The details of many of these observational studies are compiled by following the diagnostic codes. Without their own diagnostic code, studies on fibromyalgia are hampered by gouache data, including patients who are actually fibroids, but another condition that causes muscle pain. ”
The highlight of a long trip.

The journey towards the legitimacy of fibromyalgia has been long and hard. After being forgotten for many years, the US government. UU He began to realize one by one that fibromyalgia is real. The FDA opened the way in 2007, when the first medication for the treatment of FM was approved. In 2012, the social security agency issued a ruling recognizing fibromyalgia as a legitimate impediment. In 2015, the Medicare and Medicaid service centers and the National Center for Health Statistics have an official FM diagnostic code.

This completes the trio of legitimacy and is a worthy party of that name in March!

Editor Karen Lee Richards ProHealth. As a fibromyalgia patient, she founded the nonprofit organization, now known as the National Association for Fibromyalgia (NFA), and served as vice president for eight years. He has also been the editor of Conscious Fibromyalgia, the first glossy color magazine dedicated to FM and other invisible diseases. After leaving the NFA, Karen served as a guide on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The New York Times Company and then as a network guide Health Center Health Chronic pain.

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