2022 ICD-10-CM Code S48.12

Partial traumatic amputation at level between shoulder and elbow

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:S48.12
Short Description:Partial traumatic amp at level betw shoulder and elbow
Long Description:Partial traumatic amputation at level between shoulder and elbow

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the shoulder and upper arm (S40-S49)
      • Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm (S48)

S48.12 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of partial traumatic amputation at level between shoulder and elbow. 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.

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 Partial traumatic amp at level betw shoulder and elbow

Non-specific codes like S48.12 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 partial traumatic amp at level betw shoulder and elbow:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.121 for Partial traumatic amputation at level between right shoulder and elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.121A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.121D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.121S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.122 for Partial traumatic amputation at level between left shoulder and elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.122A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.122D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.122S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S48.129 for Partial traumatic amputation at level between unspecified shoulder and elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.129A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.129D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.129S for sequela

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code S48.12 are found in the index:

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)