ICD-10-CM Code B53

Other specified malaria

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B53 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other specified malaria. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:B53
Short Description:Other specified malaria
Long Description:Other specified malaria

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

  • B53.0 - Plasmodium ovale malaria
  • B53.1 - Malaria due to simian plasmodia
  • B53.8 - Other malaria, not elsewhere classified

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Protozoal diseases (B50-B64)
      • Other specified malaria (B53)

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


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

  • See your doctor for medicines that protect you
  • Wear insect repellent with DEET
  • Cover up
  • Sleep under mosquito netting

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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