2022 ICD-10-CM Code E44

Protein-calorie malnutrition of moderate and mild degree

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:E44
Short Description:Protein-calorie malnutrition of moderate and mild degree
Long Description:Protein-calorie malnutrition of moderate and mild degree

Code Classification

  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00–E90)
    • Malnutrition (E40-E46)
      • Protein-calorie malnutrition of moderate and mild degree (E44)

E44 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of protein-calorie malnutrition of moderate and mild degree. 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 Protein-calorie malnutrition of moderate and mild degree

Non-specific codes like E44 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 protein-calorie malnutrition of moderate and mild degree:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use E44.0 for Moderate protein-calorie malnutrition
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use E44.1 for Mild protein-calorie malnutrition

Information for Patients


Malnutrition

Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. If you don't get enough nutrients -- including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals - you may suffer from malnutrition.

Causes of malnutrition include:

Symptoms may include fatigue, dizziness, and weight loss. Or, you may have no symptoms. To diagnose the cause of the problem, your doctor may do blood tests and a nutritional assessment. Treatment may include replacing the missing nutrients and treating the underlying cause.


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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)