Not Valid for Submission
B56 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of african trypanosomiasis. 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 African trypanosomiasis
Non-specific codes like B56 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 african trypanosomiasis:
- TRYPANOSOMIASIS AFRICAN-. a disease endemic among people and animals in central africa. it is caused by various species of trypanosomes particularly t. gambiense and t. rhodesiense. its second host is the tsetse fly. involvement of the central nervous system produces "african sleeping sickness." nagana is a rapidly fatal trypanosomiasis of horses and other animals.
Information for Patients
Parasites are living things that use other living things - like your body - for food and a place to live. You can get them from contaminated food or water, a bug bite, or sexual contact. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not.
Parasites range in size from tiny, one-celled organisms called protozoa to worms that can be seen with the naked eye. Some parasitic diseases occur in the United States. Contaminated water supplies can lead to Giardia infections. Cats can transmit toxoplasmosis, which is dangerous for pregnant women. Others, like malaria, are common in other parts of the world.
If you are traveling, it's important to drink only water you know is safe. Prevention is especially important. There are no vaccines for parasitic diseases. Some medicines are available to treat parasitic infections.
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