2021 ICD-10-CM Code T20.1

Burn of first degree of head, face, and neck

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T20.1 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of burn of first degree of head, face, and neck. 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.

ICD-10:T20.1
Short Description:Burn of first degree of head, face, and neck
Long Description:Burn of first degree of head, face, and neck

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Burn of first degree of head, face, and neck

Header codes like T20.1 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 burn of first degree of head, face, and neck:

  • T20.10 - ... unspecified site
  • T20.10XA - ... unspecified site, initial encounter
  • T20.10XD - ... unspecified site, subsequent encounter
  • T20.10XS - ... unspecified site, sequela
  • T20.11 - Burn of first degree of ear [any part, except ear drum]
  • T20.111 - Burn of first degree of right ear [any part, except ear drum]
  • T20.111A - Burn of first degree of right ear [any part, except ear drum], initial encounter
  • T20.111D - Burn of first degree of right ear [any part, except ear drum], subsequent encounter
  • T20.111S - Burn of first degree of right ear [any part, except ear drum], sequela
  • T20.112 - Burn of first degree of left ear [any part, except ear drum]
  • T20.112A - Burn of first degree of left ear [any part, except ear drum], initial encounter
  • T20.112D - Burn of first degree of left ear [any part, except ear drum], subsequent encounter
  • T20.112S - Burn of first degree of left ear [any part, except ear drum], sequela
  • T20.119 - Burn of first degree of unspecified ear [any part, except ear drum]
  • T20.119A - Burn of first degree of unspecified ear [any part, except ear drum], initial encounter
  • T20.119D - Burn of first degree of unspecified ear [any part, except ear drum], subsequent encounter
  • T20.119S - Burn of first degree of unspecified ear [any part, except ear drum], sequela
  • T20.12 - Burn of first degree of lip(s)
  • T20.12XA - Burn of first degree of lip(s), initial encounter
  • T20.12XD - Burn of first degree of lip(s), subsequent encounter
  • T20.12XS - Burn of first degree of lip(s), sequela
  • T20.13 - Burn of first degree of chin
  • T20.13XA - Burn of first degree of chin, initial encounter
  • T20.13XD - Burn of first degree of chin, subsequent encounter
  • T20.13XS - Burn of first degree of chin, sequela
  • T20.14 - Burn of first degree of nose (septum)
  • T20.14XA - Burn of first degree of nose (septum), initial encounter
  • T20.14XD - Burn of first degree of nose (septum), subsequent encounter
  • T20.14XS - Burn of first degree of nose (septum), sequela
  • T20.15 - Burn of first degree of scalp [any part]
  • T20.15XA - Burn of first degree of scalp [any part], initial encounter
  • T20.15XD - Burn of first degree of scalp [any part], subsequent encounter
  • T20.15XS - Burn of first degree of scalp [any part], sequela
  • T20.16 - Burn of first degree of forehead and cheek
  • T20.16XA - Burn of first degree of forehead and cheek, initial encounter
  • T20.16XD - Burn of first degree of forehead and cheek, subsequent encounter
  • T20.16XS - Burn of first degree of forehead and cheek, sequela
  • T20.17 - Burn of first degree of neck
  • T20.17XA - Burn of first degree of neck, initial encounter
  • T20.17XD - Burn of first degree of neck, subsequent encounter
  • T20.17XS - Burn of first degree of neck, sequela
  • T20.19 - Burn of first degree of multiple sites of head, face, and neck
  • T20.19XA - Burn of first degree of multiple sites of head, face, and neck, initial encounter
  • T20.19XD - Burn of first degree of multiple sites of head, face, and neck, subsequent encounter
  • T20.19XS - Burn of first degree of multiple sites of head, face, and neck, 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 T20.1:


Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.

Information for Patients


Burns

A burn is damage to your body's tissues caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns. Another kind is an inhalation injury, caused by breathing smoke.

There are three types of burns:

Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock, and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin's protective barrier. Treatment for burns depends on the cause of the burn, how deep it is, and how much of the body it covers. Antibiotic creams can prevent or treat infections. For more serious burns, treatment may be needed to clean the wound, replace the skin, and make sure the patient has enough fluids and nutrition.

NIH: National Institute of General Medical Sciences


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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)