2021 ICD-10-CM Code D48

Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of other and unspecified sites

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

D48 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of neoplasm of uncertain behavior of other and unspecified sites. 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like D48 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.

ICD-10:D48
Short Description:Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of other and unsp sites
Long Description:Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of other and unspecified sites

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of other and unsp sites

Non-specific codes like D48 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 neoplasm of uncertain behavior of other and unsp sites:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.0 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of bone and articular cartilage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.1 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of connective and other soft tissue
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.2 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.3 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of retroperitoneum
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.4 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of peritoneum
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.5 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - D48.6 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of breast
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.60 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of unspecified breast
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.61 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of right breast
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.62 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of left breast
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.7 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of other specified sites
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use D48.9 for Neoplasm of uncertain behavior, unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code D48:


Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

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)