2022 ICD-10-CM Code C40

Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage of limbs

Version 2021

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ICD-10:C40
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage of limbs
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage of limbs

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of bone and articular cartilage (C40-C41)
      • Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage of limbs (C40)

C40 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage of limbs. 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 Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage of limbs

Non-specific codes like C40 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 malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage of limbs:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C40.0 for Malignant neoplasm of scapula and long bones of upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.00 for Malignant neoplasm of scapula and long bones of unspecified upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.01 for Malignant neoplasm of scapula and long bones of right upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.02 for Malignant neoplasm of scapula and long bones of left upper limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C40.1 for Malignant neoplasm of short bones of upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.10 for Malignant neoplasm of short bones of unspecified upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.11 for Malignant neoplasm of short bones of right upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.12 for Malignant neoplasm of short bones of left upper limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C40.2 for Malignant neoplasm of long bones of lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.20 for Malignant neoplasm of long bones of unspecified lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.21 for Malignant neoplasm of long bones of right lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.22 for Malignant neoplasm of long bones of left lower limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C40.3 for Malignant neoplasm of short bones of lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.30 for Malignant neoplasm of short bones of unspecified lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.31 for Malignant neoplasm of short bones of right lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.32 for Malignant neoplasm of short bones of left lower limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C40.8 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of bone and articular cartilage of limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.80 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of bone and articular cartilage of unspecified limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.81 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of bone and articular cartilage of right limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.82 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of bone and articular cartilage of left limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C40.9 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified bones and articular cartilage of limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.90 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified bones and articular cartilage of unspecified limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.91 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified bones and articular cartilage of right limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C40.92 for Malignant neoplasm of unspecified bones and articular cartilage of left limb

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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)