2021 ICD-10-CM Code S20.304A

Unspecified superficial injuries of middle front wall of thorax, initial encounter

Version 2021

Valid for Submission

S20.304A is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified superficial injuries of middle front wall of thorax, initial encounter. The code S20.304A is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

S20.304A is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like unspecified superficial injuries of middle front wall of thorax. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines an "initial encounter" doesn't necessarily means "initial visit". The 7th character should be used when the patient is undergoing active treatment regardless if new or different providers saw the patient over the course of a treatment. The appropriate 7th character codes should also be used even if the patient delayed seeking treatment for a condition.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S20.304A 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.

ICD-10:S20.304A
Short Description:Unsp superfic injuries of middle front wall of thorax, init
Long Description:Unspecified superficial injuries of middle front wall of thorax, initial encounter

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Superficial injury of thorax (S20). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

New 2021 ICD-10 Code

S20.304A is new to ICD-10 code set for the FY 2021, effective October 1, 2020. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2020. This is a new and revised code for the FY 2021 (October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021).

Replacement Code

S20304A replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10 code(s):

Code History

  • FY 2021 - Code Added, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021