Not Valid for Submission
S40.919 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified superficial injury of unspecified shoulder. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.
The ICD-10-CM code S40.919 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like multiple injuries of shoulder region, multiple injuries of upper arm, multiple superficial injuries of shoulder and upper arm, multiple superficial injuries of shoulder region, multiple superficial injuries of upper arm , superficial injury of axilla, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like S40.919 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 shoulder and upper arm (S40). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:
- A - initial encounter
- D - subsequent encounter
- S - sequela
Specific Coding for Unspecified superficial injury of unspecified shoulder
Non-specific codes like S40.919 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 unspecified superficial injury of unspecified shoulder:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Multiple injuries of shoulder region
- Multiple injuries of upper arm
- Multiple superficial injuries of shoulder and upper arm
- Multiple superficial injuries of shoulder region
- Multiple superficial injuries of upper arm
- Superficial injury of axilla
- Superficial injury of axilla without infection
- Superficial injury of scapular region with infection
- Superficial injury of shoulder
- Superficial injury of shoulder and upper arm
- Superficial injury of shoulder and upper arm with infection
- Superficial injury of shoulder with infection
Information for Patients
A bruise is a mark on your skin caused by blood trapped under the surface. It happens when an injury crushes small blood vessels but does not break the skin. Those vessels break open and leak blood under the skin.
Bruises are often painful and swollen. You can get skin, muscle and bone bruises. Bone bruises are the most serious.
It can take months for a bruise to fade, but most last about two weeks. They start off a reddish color, and then turn bluish-purple and greenish-yellow before returning to normal. To reduce bruising, ice the injured area and elevate it above your heart. See your health care provider if you seem to bruise for no reason, or if the bruise appears to be infected.
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Wounds and Injuries
An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.
Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.
Other common types of injuries include
- Animal bites
- Electrical injuries
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Sprains and strains
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