ICD-10-CM Code A77.4

Ehrlichiosis

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

A77.4 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of ehrlichiosis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:A77.4
Short Description:Ehrlichiosis
Long Description:Ehrlichiosis

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

  • A77.40 - ... unspecified
  • A77.41 - Ehrlichiosis chafeensis [E. chafeensis]
  • A77.49 - Other ehrlichiosis

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 A77.4:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • Rickettsiosis due to Ehrlichia sennetsu A79.81

Clinical Information

  • EHRLICHIOSIS-. a tick borne disease characterized by fever; headache; myalgias; anorexia; and occasionally rash. it is caused by several bacterial species and can produce disease in dogs; cattle; sheep; goats; horses; and humans. the primary species causing human disease are ehrlichia chaffeensis; anaplasma phagocytophilum; and ehrlichia ewingii.

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Rickettsioses (A75-A79)
      • Spotted fever [tick-borne rickettsioses] (A77)

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


Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are living things that have only one cell. Under a microscope, they look like balls, rods, or spirals. They are so small that a line of 1,000 could fit across a pencil eraser. Most bacteria won't hurt you - less than 1 percent of the different types make people sick. Many are helpful. Some bacteria help to digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, and give the body needed vitamins. Bacteria are also used in making healthy foods like yogurt and cheese.

But infectious bacteria can make you ill. They reproduce quickly in your body. Many give off chemicals called toxins, which can damage tissue and make you sick. Examples of bacteria that cause infections include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E. coli.

Antibiotics are the usual treatment. When you take antibiotics, follow the directions carefully. Each time you take antibiotics, you increase the chances that bacteria in your body will learn to resist them causing antibiotic resistance. Later, you could get or spread an infection that those antibiotics cannot cure.


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Tick Bites

If you spend time outdoors or have pets that go outdoors, you need to beware of ticks. Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites. Many species transmit diseases to animals and people. Some of the diseases you can get from a tick bite are Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.

Some ticks are so small that they can be difficult to see. Ticks may get on you if you walk through areas where they live, such as tall grass, leaf litter or shrubs.

Tick-borne diseases occur worldwide, including in your own backyard. To help protect yourself and your family, you should

  • Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin or picaridin
  • Wear light-colored protective clothing
  • Tuck pant legs into socks
  • Avoid tick-infested areas
  • Check yourself, your children and your pets daily for ticks and carefully remove any ticks you find

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