Not Valid for Submission
T88.9 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of complication of surgical and medical care, unspecified. 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 T88.9 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 Complication of surgical and medical care, unspecified
Header codes like T88.9 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 complication of surgical and medical care, unspecified:
Index to Diseases and Injuries
The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code T88.9 are found in the index:
- - Complication (s) (from) (of)
- - Misadventure (of) (prophylactic) (therapeutic) - See Also: Complications; - T88.9
- - local applications (of fomentations, plasters, etc.) - T88.9
- - medical care (early) (late) - T88.9