2021 ICD-10-CM Code S52.251A

Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of ulna, right arm, initial encounter for closed fracture

Version 2021
Billable Code
7th Character Code
Initial Code
MS-DRG Mapping

Valid for Submission

S52.251A is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of ulna, right arm, initial encounter for closed fracture. The code S52.251A is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

S52.251A is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of ulna right arm for closed fracture. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines an "initial encounter" doesn't necessarily means "initial visit". The 7th character should be used when the patient is undergoing active treatment regardless if new or different providers saw the patient over the course of a treatment. The appropriate 7th character codes should also be used even if the patient delayed seeking treatment for a condition.

The code S52.251A is linked to some Quality Measures as part of Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP). When this code is used as part of a patient's medical record the following Quality Measures might apply: Communication With The Physician Or Other Clinician Managing On-going Care Post-fracture For Men And Women Aged 50 Years And Older, Communication With The Physician Or Other Clinician Managing On-going Care Post-fracture For Men And Women Aged 50 Years And Older, Osteoporosis Management In Women Who Had A Fracture , Osteoporosis Management In Women Who Had A Fracture.

ICD-10:S52.251A
Short Description:Displaced comminuted fx shaft of ulna, right arm, init
Long Description:Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of ulna, right arm, initial encounter for closed fracture

Code Classification

Convert S52.251A to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code S52.251A 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.

Quality Payment Program Measures

When code S52.251A is part of the patient's diagnoses the following Quality Measures apply and affect reimbursement. The objective of Medicare's Quality Measures is to improve patient care by making it more: effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered and equitable.

Quality Measure Description Quality Domain Measure Type High Priority Submission Methods
Communication with the Physician or Other Clinician Managing On-Going Care Post-Fracture for Men and Women Aged 50 Years and OlderPercentage of patients aged 50 years and older treated for a fracture with documentation of communication, between the physician treating the fracture and the physician or other clinician managing the patient's on-going care, that a fracture occurred and that the patient was or should be considered for osteoporosis treatment or testing. This measure is submitted by the physician who treats the fracture and who therefore is held accountable for the communication.Communication and Care CoordinationProcessYESClaims, Registry
Communication with the Physician or Other Clinician Managing On-Going Care Post-Fracture for Men and Women Aged 50 Years and OlderPercentage of patients aged 50 years and older treated for a fracture with documentation of communication, between the physician treating the fracture and the physician or other clinician managing the patient's on-going care, that a fracture occurred and that the patient was or should be considered for osteoporosis treatment or testing. This measure is submitted by the physician who treats the fracture and who therefore is held accountable for the communication.Communication and Care CoordinationProcessYESClaims, Registry
Osteoporosis Management in Women Who Had a FractureThe percentage of women age 50-85 who suffered a fracture in the six months prior to the performance period through June 30 of the performance period and who either had a bone mineral density test or received a prescription for a drug to treat osteoporosis in the six months after the fracture.Effective Clinical CareProcessNOClaims, Registry
Osteoporosis Management in Women Who Had a FractureThe percentage of women age 50-85 who suffered a fracture in the six months prior to the performance period through June 30 of the performance period and who either had a bone mineral density test or received a prescription for a drug to treat osteoporosis in the six months after the fracture.Effective Clinical CareProcessNOClaims, Registry

Information for Patients


Arm Injuries and Disorders

Of the 206 bones in your body, three of them are in your arm: the humerus, radius, and ulna. Your arms are also made up of muscles, joints, tendons, and other connective tissue. Injuries to any of these parts of the arm can occur during sports, a fall, or an accident.

Types of arm injuries include

You may also have problems or injure specific parts of your arm, such as your hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder.


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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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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)