ICD-10-CM Code Z14

Genetic carrier

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Z14 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of genetic carrier. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Z14
Short Description:Genetic carrier
Long Description:Genetic carrier

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • Z14.0 - Hemophilia A carrier
  • Z14.01 - Asymptomatic hemophilia A carrier
  • Z14.02 - Symptomatic hemophilia A carrier
  • Z14.1 - Cystic fibrosis carrier
  • Z14.8 - Genetic carrier of other disease

Clinical Information

  • HETEROZYGOTE-. an individual having different alleles at one or more loci regarding a specific character.
  • GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING-. identification of individuals who are heterozygous at a genetic locus for a recessive phenotype.

Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Genetic carrier and genetic susceptibility to disease (Z14-Z15)
      • Genetic carrier (Z14)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Genetic Disorders

Genes are the building blocks of heredity. They are passed from parent to child. They hold DNA, the instructions for making proteins. Proteins do most of the work in cells. They move molecules from one place to another, build structures, break down toxins, and do many other maintenance jobs.

Sometimes there is a mutation, a change in a gene or genes. The mutation changes the gene's instructions for making a protein, so the protein does not work properly or is missing entirely. This can cause a medical condition called a genetic disorder.

You can inherit a gene mutation from one or both parents. A mutation can also happen during your lifetime.

There are three types of genetic disorders:

  • Single-gene disorders, where a mutation affects one gene. Sickle cell anemia is an example.
  • Chromosomal disorders, where chromosomes (or parts of chromosomes) are missing or changed. Chromosomes are the structures that hold our genes. Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder.
  • Complex disorders, where there are mutations in two or more genes. Often your lifestyle and environment also play a role. Colon cancer is an example.

Genetic tests on blood and other tissue can identify genetic disorders.

NIH: National Library of Medicine


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