2021 ICD-10-CM Code L89

Pressure ulcer

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

L89 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of pressure ulcer. 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.

ICD-10:L89
Short Description:Pressure ulcer
Long Description:Pressure ulcer

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Pressure ulcer

Non-specific codes like L89 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 pressure ulcer:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.0 for Pressure ulcer of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.00 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.01 for Pressure ulcer of right elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.02 for Pressure ulcer of left elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.1 for Pressure ulcer of back
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.10 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified part of back
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.11 for Pressure ulcer of right upper back
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.12 for Pressure ulcer of left upper back
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.13 for Pressure ulcer of right lower back
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.14 for Pressure ulcer of left lower back
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.15 for Pressure ulcer of sacral region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.2 for Pressure ulcer of hip
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.20 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified hip
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.21 for Pressure ulcer of right hip
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.22 for Pressure ulcer of left hip
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.3 for Pressure ulcer of buttock
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.30 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified buttock
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.31 for Pressure ulcer of right buttock
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.32 for Pressure ulcer of left buttock
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.4 for Pressure ulcer of contiguous site of back, buttock and hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.40 for Pressure ulcer of contiguous site of back, buttock and hip, unspecified stage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.41 for Pressure ulcer of contiguous site of back, buttock and hip, stage 1
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.42 for Pressure ulcer of contiguous site of back, buttock and hip, stage 2
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.43 for Pressure ulcer of contiguous site of back, buttock and hip, stage 3
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.44 for Pressure ulcer of contiguous site of back, buttock and hip, stage 4
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.45 for Pressure ulcer of contiguous site of back, buttock and hip, unstageable
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.46 for Pressure-induced deep tissue damage of contiguous site of back, buttock and hip
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.5 for Pressure ulcer of ankle
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.50 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified ankle
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.51 for Pressure ulcer of right ankle
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.52 for Pressure ulcer of left ankle
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.6 for Pressure ulcer of heel
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.60 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified heel
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.61 for Pressure ulcer of right heel
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.62 for Pressure ulcer of left heel
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.8 for Pressure ulcer of other site
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.81 for Pressure ulcer of head
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.89 for Pressure ulcer of other site
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L89.9 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.90 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, unspecified stage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.91 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, stage 1
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.92 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, stage 2
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.93 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, stage 3
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.94 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, stage 4
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.95 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, unstageable
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.96 for Pressure-induced deep tissue damage of unspecified site

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 L89:


Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.

Code First

Code First
Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Pressure Sores

Also called: Bed sores, Decubitus ulcers, Pressure ulcers

Pressure sores are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long. They commonly form where your bones are close to your skin, such as your ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. You are at risk if you are bedridden, use a wheelchair, or are unable to change your position. Pressure sores can cause serious infections, some of which are life-threatening. They can be a problem for people in nursing homes.

You can prevent the sores by

Pressure sores have a variety of treatments. Advanced sores are slow to heal, so early treatment is best.


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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)