Valid for Submission
S20.96XA is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified parts of thorax, initial encounter. The code S20.96XA is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
S20.96XA is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified parts 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 S20.96XA 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.
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:
- A - initial encounter
- D - subsequent encounter
- S - sequela
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
Convert S20.96XA to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code S20.96XA 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
Insect Bites and Stings
Also called: Bug bites
Most insect bites are harmless, though they sometimes cause discomfort. Bee, wasp, and hornet stings and fire ant bites usually hurt. Mosquito and flea bites usually itch. Insects can also spread diseases. In the United States, some mosquitoes spread West Nile virus. Travelers outside the United States may be at risk for malaria and other infections.
To prevent insect bites and their complications
- Don't bother insects
- Use insect repellant
- Wear protective clothing
- Be careful when you eat outside because food attracts insects
- If you know you have severe allergic reactions to insect bites and stings (such as anaphylaxis), carry an emergency epinephrine kit
- Anaphylaxis (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Bee poison (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Fire ants (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Fleas (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Insect bites and stings (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Wasp sting (Medical Encyclopedia)
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