ICD-10-CM Code B18

Chronic viral hepatitis

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B18 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of chronic viral hepatitis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:B18
Short Description:Chronic viral hepatitis
Long Description:Chronic viral hepatitis

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

  • B18.0 - Chronic viral hepatitis B with delta-agent
  • B18.1 - Chronic viral hepatitis B without delta-agent
  • B18.2 - Chronic viral hepatitis C
  • B18.8 - Other chronic viral hepatitis
  • B18.9 - ... 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 B18:

Includes

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

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Viral hepatitis (B15-B19)
      • Chronic viral hepatitis (B18)

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


Hepatitis

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.

Viruses cause most cases of hepatitis. The type of hepatitis is named for the virus that causes it; for example, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Drug or alcohol use can also cause hepatitis. In other cases, your body mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the liver.

Some people who have hepatitis have no symptoms. Others may have

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
  • Stomach pain
  • Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes

Some forms of hepatitis are mild, and others can be serious. Some can lead to scarring, called cirrhosis, or to liver cancer.

Sometimes hepatitis goes away by itself. If it does not, it can be treated with drugs. Sometimes hepatitis lasts a lifetime. Vaccines can help prevent some viral forms.


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