2021 ICD-10-CM Code C43.6

Malignant melanoma of upper limb, including shoulder

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

C43.6 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 melanoma of upper limb, including shoulder. 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.

ICD-10:C43.6
Short Description:Malignant melanoma of upper limb, including shoulder
Long Description:Malignant melanoma of upper limb, including shoulder

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Malignant melanoma of upper limb, including shoulder

Non-specific codes like C43.6 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 melanoma of upper limb, including shoulder:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C43.60 for Malignant melanoma of unspecified upper limb, including shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C43.61 for Malignant melanoma of right upper limb, including shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C43.62 for Malignant melanoma of left upper limb, including shoulder

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code C43.6 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


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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)