Not Valid for Submission
F10.9 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of alcohol use, unspecified. The code 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 F10.9 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 Alcohol use, unspecified
Header codes like F10.9 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 alcohol use, unspecified:
- F10.92 - Alcohol use, unspecified with intoxication
- F10.920 - Alcohol use, unspecified with intoxication, uncomplicated
- F10.921 - Alcohol use, unspecified with intoxication delirium
- F10.929 - Alcohol use, unspecified with intoxication, unspecified
- F10.93 - Alcohol use, unspecified with withdrawal
- F10.930 - Alcohol use, unspecified with withdrawal, uncomplicated
- F10.931 - Alcohol use, unspecified with withdrawal delirium
- F10.932 - Alcohol use, unspecified with withdrawal with perceptual disturbance
- F10.939 - Alcohol use, unspecified with withdrawal, unspecified
- F10.94 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced mood disorder
- F10.95 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced psychotic disorder
- F10.950 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced psychotic disorder with delusions
- F10.951 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced psychotic disorder with hallucinations
- F10.959 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced psychotic disorder, unspecified
- F10.96 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced persisting amnestic disorder
- F10.97 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced persisting dementia
- F10.98 - Alcohol use, unspecified with other alcohol-induced disorders
- F10.980 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced anxiety disorder
- F10.981 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced sexual dysfunction
- F10.982 - Alcohol use, unspecified with alcohol-induced sleep disorder
- F10.988 - Alcohol use, unspecified with other alcohol-induced disorder
- F10.99 - Alcohol use, unspecified with unspecified alcohol-induced disorder
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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code F10.9:
Type 1 ExcludesType 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.
- UNDERAGE DRINKING-. consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the legal drinking age.
- ALCOHOLISM-. a primary chronic disease with genetic psychosocial and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. the disease is often progressive and fatal. it is characterized by impaired control over drinking preoccupation with the drug alcohol use of alcohol despite adverse consequences and distortions in thinking most notably denial. each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic. morse & flavin for the joint commission of the national council on alcoholism and drug dependence and the american society of addiction medicine to study the definition and criteria for the diagnosis of alcoholism: in jama 1992;268:1012 4
Information for Patients
Also called: Drinking
If you are like many Americans, you drink alcohol at least occasionally. For many people, moderate drinking is probably safe. It may even have health benefits, including reducing your risk of certain heart problems. For most women and for most people over 65, moderate drinking is no more than three drinks a day or seven drinks per week. For men under 65, it is no more than four drinks a day or 14 drinks per week.
Some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people taking certain medicines, and people with certain medical conditions. If you have questions about whether it is safe for you to drink, speak with your health care provider.
Anything more than moderate drinking can be risky. Heavy drinking can lead to alcoholism and alcohol abuse, as well as injuries, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems. It can also cause problems at home, at work, and with friends.
NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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