2022 ICD-10-CM Code A20

Plague

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:A20
Short Description:Plague
Long Description:Plague

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Certain zoonotic bacterial diseases (A20-A28)

A20 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of plague. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Plague

Non-specific codes like A20 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for plague:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A20.0 for Bubonic plague
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A20.1 for Cellulocutaneous plague
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A20.2 for Pneumonic plague
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A20.3 for Plague meningitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A20.7 for Septicemic plague
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A20.8 for Other forms of plague
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A20.9 for Plague, unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code A20:


Includes

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Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Plague

Plague is an infection caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The bacteria are found mainly in rats and in the fleas that feed on them. People and other animals can get plague from rat or flea bites. In the past, plague destroyed entire civilizations. Today plague is uncommon, due to better living conditions and antibiotics.

There are three forms of plague:

Lab tests can diagnose plague. Treatment is a strong antibiotic. There is no vaccine.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)