ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z99.3

Dependence on wheelchair

Diagnosis Code Z99.3

ICD-10: Z99.3
Short Description: Dependence on wheelchair
Long Description: Dependence on wheelchair
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z99.3

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to family and personal history and certain conditions influencing health status (Z77-Z99)
      • Dependence on enabling machines and devices, NEC (Z99)

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Unacceptable principal diagnosis Additional informationCallout TooltipUnacceptable principal diagnosis
There are selected codes that describe a circumstance which influences an individual’s health status but not a current illness or injury, or codes that are not specific manifestations but may be due to an underlying cause. These codes are considered unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.

Convert to ICD-9 Additional informationCallout TooltipGeneral Equivalence Map
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.
  • V46.3 - Wheelchair dependence

Present on Admission (POA) Additional informationCallout TooltipPresent on Admission
The Present on Admission (POA) indicator is used for diagnosis codes included in claims involving inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals. POA indicators must be reported to CMS on each claim to facilitate the grouping of diagnoses codes into the proper Diagnostic Related Groups (DRG). CMS publishes a listing of specific diagnosis codes that are exempt from the POA reporting requirement.

The code Z99.3 is exempt from POA reporting.

  • Dependent on helper pushing wheelchair
  • Independent in wheelchair
  • Minimal help in wheelchair
  • Reduced mobility
  • Reduced mobility
  • Requires supervision to perform wheelchair transfer
  • Wheelchair bound
  • Wheelchair bound

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code Z99.3 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Mobility Aids

Also called: Ambulation devices

Mobility aids help you walk or move from place to place if you are disabled or have an injury. They include

  • Crutches
  • Canes
  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Motorized scooters

You may need a walker or cane if you are at risk of falling. If you need to keep your body weight off your foot, ankle or knee, you may need crutches. You may need a wheelchair or a scooter if an injury or disease has left you unable to walk.

Choosing these devices takes time and research. You should be fitted for crutches, canes and walkers. If they fit, these devices give you support, but if they don't fit, they can be uncomfortable and unsafe.

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