Valid for Submission
R78.0 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of finding of alcohol in blood. The code R78.0 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code R78.0 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like ethanol in blood specimen above legal threshold for operating vehicle, finding of alcohol in blood, high alcohol level in blood or high ethanol level in blood.
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.
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 R78.0:
Use Additional CodeUse Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.
- external cause code Y90
Index to Diseases and Injuries
The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code R78.0 are found in the index:
- - Findings, abnormal, inconclusive, without diagnosis - See Also: Abnormal;
- - alcohol in blood - R78.0
- - in blood (of substance not normally found in blood) - R78.9
- - alcohol (excessive level) - R78.0
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Ethanol in blood specimen above legal threshold for operating vehicle
- Finding of alcohol in blood
- High alcohol level in blood
- High ethanol level in blood
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
Convert R78.0 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code R78.0 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
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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