C78.3 - Secondary malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified respiratory organs

Version 2023
ICD-10:C78.3
Short Description:Secondary malignant neoplasm of and unsp respiratory organs
Long Description:Secondary malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified respiratory organs
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of ill-defined, other secondary and unspecified sites (C76-C80)
      • Secondary malignant neoplasm of resp and digestive organs (C78)

C78.3 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 secondary malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified respiratory organs. 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like C78.3 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

Specific Coding for Secondary malignant neoplasm of and unsp respiratory organs

Non-specific codes like C78.3 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 secondary malignant neoplasm of and unsp respiratory organs:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C78.30 for Secondary malignant neoplasm of unspecified respiratory organ
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use C78.39 for Secondary malignant neoplasm of other respiratory organs

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