ICD-10 Code B19

Unspecified viral hepatitis

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B19 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified viral hepatitis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2019 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10: B19
Short Description:Unspecified viral hepatitis
Long Description:Unspecified viral hepatitis

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

  • B19.0 - Unspecified viral hepatitis with hepatic coma
  • B19.1 - Unspecified viral hepatitis B
  • B19.10 - Unspecified viral hepatitis B without hepatic coma
  • B19.11 - Unspecified viral hepatitis B with hepatic coma
  • B19.2 - Unspecified viral hepatitis C
  • B19.20 - Unspecified viral hepatitis C without hepatic coma
  • B19.21 - Unspecified viral hepatitis C with hepatic coma
  • B19.9 - Unspecified viral hepatitis without hepatic coma

Code Classification

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

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (first year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA mandated 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

Information for Patients


Hepatitis

Also called: Viral 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.

  • Autoimmune hepatitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Drug-induced hepatitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hepatitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Viral Hepatitis: A through E and Beyond - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.