R23 - Other skin changes

Version 2023
No Valid Principal Dx
Short Description:Other skin changes
Long Description:Other skin changes
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the skin and subcutaneous tissue (R20-R23)
      • Other skin changes (R23)

R23 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other skin changes. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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.

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.

Specific Coding for Other skin changes

Non-specific codes like R23 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 other skin changes:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use R23.0 for Cyanosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use R23.1 for Pallor
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use R23.2 for Flushing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use R23.3 for Spontaneous ecchymoses
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use R23.4 for Changes in skin texture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use R23.8 for Other skin changes
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use R23.9 for Unspecified skin changes

Patient Education

Skin Conditions

Your skin is your body's largest organ. It covers and protects your body. Your skin:

Anything that irritates, clogs, or inflames your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup, and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause rashes, hives, and other skin conditions. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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