Not Valid for Submission
T16 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of foreign body in ear. The code 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.
Specific Coding for Foreign body in ear
Header codes like T16 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 foreign body in ear:
- T16.1 - Foreign body in right ear
- T16.1XXA - Foreign body in right ear, initial encounter
- T16.1XXD - Foreign body in right ear, subsequent encounter
- T16.1XXS - Foreign body in right ear, sequela
- T16.2 - Foreign body in left ear
- T16.2XXA - Foreign body in left ear, initial encounter
- T16.2XXD - Foreign body in left ear, subsequent encounter
- T16.2XXS - Foreign body in left ear, sequela
- T16.9 - ... unspecified ear
- T16.9XXA - ... unspecified ear, initial encounter
- T16.9XXD - ... unspecified ear, subsequent encounter
- T16.9XXS - ... unspecified ear, sequela
Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code T16:
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
- foreign body in auditory canal
7th Character Note7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.
- The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from category T16
7th Character7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.
- A - initial encounter
- D - subsequent encounter
- S - sequela
Information for Patients
If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.
Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.
- Bezoar (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Eye - foreign object in (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Foreign body in the nose (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Foreign object - inhaled or swallowed (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Splinter removal (Medical Encyclopedia)