B50 - Plasmodium falciparum malaria

Version 2023
ICD-10:B50
Short Description:Plasmodium falciparum malaria
Long Description:Plasmodium falciparum malaria
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Protozoal diseases (B50-B64)
      • Plasmodium falciparum malaria (B50)

B50 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of plasmodium falciparum malaria. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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 Plasmodium falciparum malaria

Non-specific codes like B50 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 plasmodium falciparum malaria:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B50.0 for Plasmodium falciparum malaria with cerebral complications
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B50.8 for Other severe and complicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B50.9 for Plasmodium falciparum malaria, unspecified

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Patient Education


Malaria

Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite. You get it when an infected mosquito bites you. Malaria is a major cause of death worldwide, but it is almost wiped out in the United States. The disease is mostly a problem in developing countries with warm climates. If you travel to these countries, you are at risk. There are four different types of malaria caused by four related parasites. The most deadly type occurs in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

Malaria symptoms include chills, flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice. A blood test can diagnose it. It can be life-threatening. However, you can treat malaria with drugs. The type of drug depends on which kind of malaria you have and where you were infected.

Malaria can be prevented. When traveling to areas where malaria is found:

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