ICD-10-CM Code B96

Other bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B96 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:B96
Short Description:Oth bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classd elswhr
Long Description:Other bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

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

  • B96.0 - Mycoplasma pneumoniae [M. pneumoniae] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.1 - Klebsiella pneumoniae [K. pneumoniae] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.2 - Escherichia coli [E. coli ] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.20 - Unspecified Escherichia coli [E. coli] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.21 - Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli [E. coli] [STEC] O157 as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.22 - Other specified Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli [E. coli] [STEC] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.23 - Unspecified Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli [E. coli] [STEC] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.29 - Other Escherichia coli [E. coli] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.3 - Hemophilus influenzae [H. influenzae] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.4 - Proteus (mirabilis) (morganii) as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.5 - Pseudomonas (aeruginosa) (mallei) (pseudomallei) as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.6 - Bacteroides fragilis [B. fragilis] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.7 - Clostridium perfringens [C. perfringens] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.8 - Other specified bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.81 - Helicobacter pylori [H. pylori] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.82 - Vibrio vulnificus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • B96.89 - Other specified bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Bacterial and viral infectious agents (B95-B97)
      • Oth bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classd elswhr (B96)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

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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