2021 ICD-10-CM Code S42.121

Displaced fracture of acromial process, right shoulder

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S42.121 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of displaced fracture of acromial process, right shoulder. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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 S42.121 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like closed fracture of acromial process of right scapula, closed fracture of acromial process of scapula, closed fracture of right scapula, fracture of acromial process of scapula, fracture of acromial process of scapula , open fracture of acromial process of right scapula, etc.

ICD-10:S42.121
Short Description:Displaced fracture of acromial process, right shoulder
Long Description:Displaced fracture of acromial process, right shoulder

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Displaced fracture of acromial process, right shoulder

Non-specific codes like S42.121 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 displaced fracture of acromial process, right shoulder:

  • Use S42.121A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • Use S42.121B for initial encounter for open fracture
  • Use S42.121D for subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • Use S42.121G for subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • Use S42.121K for subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • Use S42.121P for subsequent encounter for fracture with malunion
  • Use S42.121S for sequela

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

Information for Patients


Fractures

Also called: Broken bone

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. An x-ray can tell if your bone is broken. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.


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Shoulder Injuries and Disorders

Your shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). Your shoulders are the most movable joints in your body. They can also be unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain in a stable or normal position, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Because your shoulder can be unstable, it can be easily injured. Common problems include

Health care providers diagnose shoulder problems by using your medical history, a physical exam, and imaging tests.

Often, the first treatment for shoulder problems is RICE. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Other treatments include exercise and medicines to reduce pain and swelling. If those don't work, you may need surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)