2021 ICD-10-CM Code A22

Anthrax

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

A22 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of anthrax. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

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

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Anthrax

Non-specific codes like A22 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 anthrax:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A22.0 for Cutaneous anthrax
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A22.1 for Pulmonary anthrax
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A22.2 for Gastrointestinal anthrax
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A22.7 for Anthrax sepsis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A22.8 for Other forms of anthrax
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A22.9 for Anthrax, 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 A22:


Includes

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Clinical Information

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

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.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


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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)