C50 - Malignant neoplasm of breast

Version 2023
ICD-10:C50
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of breast
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of breast
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of breast (C50)
      • Malignant neoplasm of breast (C50)

C50 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of breast. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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 breast

Non-specific codes like C50 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 breast:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.0 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.01 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.02 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, male
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.1 for Malignant neoplasm of central portion of breast
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.11 for Malignant neoplasm of central portion of breast, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.12 for Malignant neoplasm of central portion of breast, male
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.2 for Malignant neoplasm of upper-inner quadrant of breast
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.21 for Malignant neoplasm of upper-inner quadrant of breast, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.22 for Malignant neoplasm of upper-inner quadrant of breast, male
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.3 for Malignant neoplasm of lower-inner quadrant of breast
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.31 for Malignant neoplasm of lower-inner quadrant of breast, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.32 for Malignant neoplasm of lower-inner quadrant of breast, male
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.4 for Malignant neoplasm of upper-outer quadrant of breast
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.41 for Malignant neoplasm of upper-outer quadrant of breast, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.42 for Malignant neoplasm of upper-outer quadrant of breast, male
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.5 for Malignant neoplasm of lower-outer quadrant of breast
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.51 for Malignant neoplasm of lower-outer quadrant of breast, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.52 for Malignant neoplasm of lower-outer quadrant of breast, male
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.6 for Malignant neoplasm of axillary tail of breast
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.61 for Malignant neoplasm of axillary tail of breast, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.62 for Malignant neoplasm of axillary tail of breast, male
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.8 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of breast
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.81 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of breast, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.82 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of breast, male
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.9 for Malignant neoplasm of breast of unspecified site
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.91 for Malignant neoplasm of breast of unspecified site, female
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - C50.92 for Malignant neoplasm of breast of unspecified site, male

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