ICD-10-CM Code A22

Anthrax

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

A22 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of anthrax. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:A22
Short Description:Anthrax
Long Description:Anthrax

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • A22.0 - Cutaneous anthrax
  • A22.1 - Pulmonary anthrax
  • A22.2 - Gastrointestinal anthrax
  • A22.7 - Anthrax sepsis
  • A22.8 - Other forms of anthrax
  • A22.9 - ... 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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code A22:

Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
  • infection due to Bacillus anthracis

Clinical Information

  • ANTHRAX-. an acute infection caused by the spore forming bacteria bacillus anthracis. it commonly affects hoofed animals such as sheep and goats. infection in humans often involves the skin cutaneous anthrax the lungs inhalation anthrax or the gastrointestinal tract. anthrax is not contagious and can be treated with antibiotics.
  • ANTHRAX VACCINES-. vaccines or candidate vaccines used to prevent anthrax.

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Certain zoonotic bacterial diseases (A20-A28)
      • Anthrax (A22)

Code History

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

Information for Patients


Anthrax

Anthrax is a disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a germ that lives in soil. Many people know about it from the 2001 bioterror attacks. In the attacks, someone purposely spread anthrax through the U.S. mail. This killed five people and made 22 sick.

Anthrax is rare. It affects animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats more often than people. People can get anthrax from contact with infected animals, wool, meat, or hides. It can cause three forms of disease in people. They are

  • Cutaneous, which affects the skin. People with cuts or open sores can get it if they touch the bacteria.
  • Inhalation, which affects the lungs. You can get this if you breathe in spores of the bacteria.
  • Gastrointestinal, which affects the digestive system. You can get it by eating infected meat.

Antibiotics often cure anthrax if it is diagnosed early. But many people don't know they have anthrax until it is too late to treat. A vaccine to prevent anthrax is available for people in the military and others at high risk.


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