ICD-10-CM Code A38

Scarlet fever

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

A38 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of scarlet fever. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:A38
Short Description:Scarlet fever
Long Description:Scarlet fever

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

  • A38.0 - Scarlet fever with otitis media
  • A38.1 - Scarlet fever with myocarditis
  • A38.8 - Scarlet fever with other complications
  • A38.9 - ... uncomplicated

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 A38:

Includes

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

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
  • streptococcal sore throat J02.0

Clinical Information

  • SCARLET FEVER-. infection with group a streptococci that is characterized by tonsillitis and pharyngitis. an erythematous rash is commonly present.

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Scarlet fever (A38)

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


Streptococcal Infections

Strep is short for Streptococcus, a type of bacteria. There are several types. Two of them cause most of the strep infections in people: group A and group B.

Group A strep causes

  • Strep throat - a sore, red throat. Your tonsils may be swollen and have white spots on them.
  • Scarlet fever - an illness that follows strep throat. It causes a red rash on the body.
  • Impetigo - a skin infection
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease)

Group B strep can cause blood infections, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns. A screening test during pregnancy can tell if you have it. If you do, intravenous (IV) antibiotics during labor can save your baby's life. Adults can also get group B strep infections, especially if they are 65 or older or already have health problems. Strep B can cause urinary tract infections, blood infections, skin infections and pneumonia in adults.

Antibiotics are used to treat strep infections.


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