2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W44.B0XA

Plastic object unspecified, entering into or through a natural orifice, initial encounter

ICD-10-CM Code:
ICD-10 Code for:
Plastic object unsp, entering via natural orifice, init
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
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Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality
    • Exposure to inanimate mechanical forces
      • Foreign body entering into or through a natural orifice

W44.B0XA is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of plastic object unspecified, entering into or through a natural orifice, initial encounter. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

W44.B0XA is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like plastic object unspecified entering into or through a natural orifice. 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like W44.B0XA 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.

New 2024 ICD-10-CM Code

W44.B0XA is new to ICD-10-CM code set for the FY 2024, effective October 1, 2023. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2023. This is a new and revised code for the FY 2024 (October 1, 2023 - September 30, 2024).

Replacement Code

W44B0XA replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10-CM code(s):

  • T15 - Foreign body on external eye
  • T19 - Foreign body in genitourinary tract

Code History

  • FY 2024 - Code Added, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024