2021 ICD-10-CM Code B95

Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Enterococcus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B95 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of streptococcus, staphylococcus, and enterococcus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere. The code 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.

ICD-10:B95
Short Description:Strep as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
Long Description:Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Enterococcus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Strep as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Header codes like B95 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 strep as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere:

  • B95.0 - Streptococcus, group A, as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.1 - Streptococcus, group B, as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.2 - Enterococcus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.3 - Streptococcus pneumoniae as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.4 - Other streptococcus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.5 - Unspecified streptococcus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.6 - Staphylococcus aureus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.61 - Methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus infection as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.62 - Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.7 - Other staphylococcus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B95.8 - Unspecified staphylococcus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Information for Patients


Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are living things that have only one cell. Under a microscope, they look like balls, rods, or spirals. They are so small that a line of 1,000 could fit across a pencil eraser. Most bacteria won't hurt you - less than 1 percent of the different types make people sick. Many are helpful. Some bacteria help to digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, and give the body needed vitamins. Bacteria are also used in making healthy foods like yogurt and cheese.

But infectious bacteria can make you ill. They reproduce quickly in your body. Many give off chemicals called toxins, which can damage tissue and make you sick. Examples of bacteria that cause infections include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E. coli.

Antibiotics are the usual treatment. When you take antibiotics, follow the directions carefully. Each time you take antibiotics, you increase the chances that bacteria in your body will learn to resist them causing antibiotic resistance. Later, you could get or spread an infection that those antibiotics cannot cure.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


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Staphylococcal Infections

Also called: Staph

What are Staphylococcal (staph) infections?

Staphylococcus (staph) is a group of bacteria. There are more than 30 types. A type called Staphylococcus aureus causes most infections.

Staph bacteria can cause many different types of infections, including

What causes staph infections?

Some people carry staph bacteria on their skin or in their noses, but they do not get an infection. But if they get a cut or wound, the bacteria can enter the body and cause an infection.

Staph bacteria can spread from person to person. They can also spread on objects, such as towels, clothing, door handles, athletic equipment, and remotes. If you have staph and do not handle food properly when you are preparing it, you can also spread staph to others.

Who is at risk for staph infections?

Anyone can develop a staph infection, but certain people are at greater risk, including those who

What are the symptoms of staph infections?

The symptoms of a staph infection depend on the type of infection:

How are staph infections diagnosed?

Your health care provider will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. Often, providers can tell if you have a staph skin infection by looking at it. To check for other types of staph infections, providers may do a culture, with a skin scraping, tissue sample, stool sample, or throat or nasal swabs. There may be other tests, such as imaging tests, depending on the type of infection.

What are the treatments for staph infections?

Treatment for staph infections is antibiotics. Depending on the type of infection, you may get a cream, ointment, medicines (to swallow), or intravenous (IV). If you have an infected wound, your provider might drain it. Sometimes you may need surgery for bone infections.

Some staph infections, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), are resistant to many antibiotics. There are still certain antibiotics that can treat these infections.

Can staph infections be prevented?

Certain steps can help to prevent staph infections:


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Streptococcal Infections

Also called: Strep

Strep is short for Streptococcus, a type of bacteria. There are several types. Two of them cause most of the strep infections in people: group A and group B.

Group A strep causes

Group B strep can cause blood infections, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns. A screening test during pregnancy can tell if you have it. If you do, I.V. antibiotics during labor can save your baby's life. Adults can also get group B strep infections, especially if they are elderly or already have health problems. Strep B can cause urinary tract infections, blood infections, skin infections and pneumonia in adults.

Antibiotics are used to treat strep infections.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)