New ICD-10-CM codes proposed to enhance diagnosis, treatment and research

By Thomas Wright MD FACPh FACP and Karen Herbst MD PhD
Vein Magazine

In June 2020, the Lipedema ICD-10-CM Committee, with support from the American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS), submitted an application to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish new ICD-10-CM codes for lipedema and lipolymphedema, two related adipose tissue disorders.

Currently, these conditions can only be coded using less specific codes. If approved, the new codes would help facilitate the accurate diagnosis and treatment of patients with lipedema or lipolymphedema. They will also support research efforts, such as in the recruitment of participants for clinical trials and patient registries. These changes would also help distinguish lipedema and lipolymphedema from related but distinct diseases.

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