2021 ICD-10-CM Code S48.0

Traumatic amputation at shoulder joint

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S48.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of traumatic amputation at shoulder joint. 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.

ICD-10:S48.0
Short Description:Traumatic amputation at shoulder joint
Long Description:Traumatic amputation at shoulder joint

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm (S48). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Traumatic amputation at shoulder joint

Non-specific codes like S48.0 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 traumatic amputation at shoulder joint:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.01 for Complete traumatic amputation at shoulder joint
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.011 for Complete traumatic amputation at right shoulder joint
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.011A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.011D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.011S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.012 for Complete traumatic amputation at left shoulder joint
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.012A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.012D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.012S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.019 for Complete traumatic amputation at unspecified shoulder joint
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.019A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.019D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.019S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.02 for Partial traumatic amputation at shoulder joint
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.021 for Partial traumatic amputation at right shoulder joint
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.021A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.021D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.021S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.022 for Partial traumatic amputation at left shoulder joint
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.022A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.022D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.022S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.029 for Partial traumatic amputation at unspecified shoulder joint
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.029A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.029D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.029S for sequela

Information for Patients


Limb Loss

People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include

Some amputees have phantom pain, which is the feeling of pain in the missing limb. Other physical problems include surgical complications and skin problems, if you wear an artificial limb. Many amputees use an artificial limb. Learning how to use it takes time. Physical therapy can help you adapt.

Recovery from the loss of a limb can be hard. Sadness, anger, and frustration are common. If you are having a tough time, talk to your doctor. Treatment with medicine or counseling can help.


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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)