Not Valid for Submission
T25.02 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 unspecified degree of foot. 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.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like T25.02 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.
Specific Coding for Burn of unspecified degree of foot
Header codes like T25.02 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 unspecified degree of foot:
- T25.021 - Burn of unspecified degree of right foot
- T25.021A - Burn of unspecified degree of right foot, initial encounter
- T25.021D - Burn of unspecified degree of right foot, subsequent encounter
- T25.021S - Burn of unspecified degree of right foot, sequela
- T25.022 - Burn of unspecified degree of left foot
- T25.022A - Burn of unspecified degree of left foot, initial encounter
- T25.022D - Burn of unspecified degree of left foot, subsequent encounter
- T25.022S - Burn of unspecified degree of left foot, sequela
- T25.029 - Burn of unspecified degree of unspecified foot
- T25.029A - Burn of unspecified degree of unspecified foot, initial encounter
- T25.029D - Burn of unspecified degree of unspecified foot, subsequent encounter
- T25.029S - Burn of unspecified degree of unspecified foot, 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 T25.02:
Type 2 ExcludesType 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
- burn of unspecified degree of toes nail T25.03
Information for Patients
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:
- First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
- Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
- Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath
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
- Burns (Medical Encyclopedia)
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