Valid for Submission
S48.119D is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of complete traumatic amputation at level between unspecified shoulder and elbow, subsequent encounter. The code S48.119D is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code S48.119D might also be used to specify conditions or terms like absence of upper arm or traumatic amputation, above elbow. The code is exempt from present on admission (POA) reporting for inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals.
S48.119D is a subsequent encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used after the patient has completed active treatment for a condition like complete traumatic amputation at level between unspecified shoulder and elbow. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines a "subsequent encounter" occurs when the patient is receiving routine care for the condition during the healing or recovery phase of treatment. Subsequent diagnosis codes are appropriate during the recovery phase, no matter how many times the patient has seen the provider for this condition. If the provider needs to adjust the patient's care plan due to a setback or other complication, the encounter becomes active again.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like S48.119D 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 Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm (S48). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:
- A - initial encounter
- D - subsequent encounter
- S - sequela
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Absence of upper arm
- Traumatic amputation, above elbow
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
Present on Admission (POA)
Convert S48.119D to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code S48.119D 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
People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include
- Problems with blood circulation. These may be the result of atherosclerosis or diabetes. Severe cases may result in amputation.
- Injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat
- Birth defects
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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