Not Valid for Submission
B15 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute hepatitis a. 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.
Specific Coding for Acute hepatitis A
Non-specific codes like B15 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 acute hepatitis a:
Information for Patients
Also called: HAV
Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. One type, hepatitis A, is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The disease spreads through contact with an infected person's stool. You can get it from
- Eating food made by an infected person who did not wash their hands after using the bathroom
- Drinking untreated water or eating food washed in untreated water
- Putting into your mouth a finger or object that came into contact with an infected person's stool
- Having close contact with an infected person, such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill
Most people do not have any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you may feel as if you have the flu. You may also have yellowish eyes and skin, called jaundice. A blood test will show if you have HAV.
HAV usually gets better in a few weeks without treatment. However, some people can have symptoms for up to 6 months. Your doctor may suggest medicines to help relieve your symptoms.
The hepatitis A vaccine can prevent HAV. Good hygiene can also help. Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food, after using the toilet, or after changing a diaper. International travelers should be careful about drinking tap water.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- Hepatitis A (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Hepatitis A -- children (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Hepatitis A and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It (American Academy of Family Physicians)
- Hepatitis A and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Hepatitis A and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Hepatitis A Vaccine: What You Need to Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Hepatitis virus panel (Medical Encyclopedia)
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