Not Valid for Submission
S50.869 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified forearm. 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 S50.869 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like insect bite, nonvenomous, of forearm, nonvenomous insect bite of forearm with infection, nonvenomous insect bite of forearm without infection or superficial injury of forearm with infection.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like S50.869 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 elbow and forearm (S50). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:
- A - initial encounter
- D - subsequent encounter
- S - sequela
Specific Coding for Insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified forearm
Non-specific codes like S50.869 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 insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified forearm:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Insect bite, nonvenomous, of forearm
- Nonvenomous insect bite of forearm with infection
- Nonvenomous insect bite of forearm without infection
- Superficial injury of forearm with infection
Information for Patients
Insect Bites and Stings
Most insect bites are harmless, though they sometimes cause discomfort. Bee, wasp, and hornet stings and fire ant bites usually hurt. Mosquito and flea bites usually itch. Insects can also spread diseases. In the United States, some mosquitoes spread West Nile virus. Travelers outside the United States may be at risk for malaria and other infections.
To prevent insect bites and their complications
- Don't bother insects
- Use insect repellant
- Wear protective clothing
- Be careful when you eat outside because food attracts insects
- If you know you have severe allergic reactions to insect bites and stings (such as anaphylaxis), carry an emergency epinephrine kit
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