2022 ICD-10-CM Code B96.2

Escherichia coli [E. coli ] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:B96.2
Short Description:Escherichia coli as the cause of diseases classd elswhr
Long Description:Escherichia coli [E. coli ] 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)

B96.2 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of escherichia coli [e. coli ] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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 Escherichia coli as the cause of diseases classd elswhr

Non-specific codes like B96.2 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 escherichia coli as the cause of diseases classd elswhr:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B96.20 for Unspecified Escherichia coli [E. coli] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B96.21 for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli [E. coli] [STEC] O157 as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B96.22 for Other specified Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli [E. coli] [STEC] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B96.23 for Unspecified Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli [E. coli] [STEC] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B96.29 for Other Escherichia coli [E. coli] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Information for Patients


E. Coli Infections

E. coli is the name of a type of bacteria that lives in your intestines. Most types of E. coli are harmless. However, some types can make you sick and cause diarrhea. One type causes travelers' diarrhea. The worst type of E. coli causes bloody diarrhea, and can sometimes cause kidney failure and even death. These problems are most likely to occur in children and in adults with weak immune systems.

You can get E. coli infections by eating foods containing the bacteria. Symptoms of infection include

To help avoid food poisoning and prevent infection, handle food safely. Cook meat well, wash fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking them, and avoid unpasteurized milk and juices. You can also get the infection by swallowing water in a swimming pool contaminated with human waste.

Most cases of E. coli infection get better without treatment in 5 to 10 days.


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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)