Not Valid for Submission
L01 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of impetigo. 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.
Specific Coding for Impetigo
Non-specific codes like L01 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 impetigo:
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 L01:
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.
- impetigo herpetiformis L40.1
- IMPETIGO-. a common superficial bacterial infection caused by staphylococcus aureus or group a beta hemolytic streptococci. characteristics include pustular lesions that rupture and discharge a thin amber colored fluid that dries and forms a crust. this condition is commonly located on the face especially about the mouth and nose.
Information for Patients
Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria. It is usually caused by staphylococcal (staph) bacteria, but it can also be caused by streptococcal (strep) bacteria. It is most common in children between the ages of two and six. It usually starts when bacteria get into a break in the skin, such as a cut, scratch, or insect bite.
Symptoms start with red or pimple-like sores surrounded by red skin. These sores can be anywhere, but usually they occur on your face, arms and legs. The sores fill with pus, then break open after a few days and form a thick crust. They are often itchy, but scratching them can spread the sores.
Impetigo can spread by contact with sores or nasal discharge from an infected person. You can treat impetigo with antibiotics.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Ecthyma (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Impetigo (Medical Encyclopedia)
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