Valid for Submission
Z20.3 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of contact with and (suspected) exposure to rabies. The code Z20.3 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code Z20.3 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like animal bite by potentially rabid animal, animal bite to human by potentially rabid animal, exposure to rabies virus or suspected rabies.
The code Z20.3 describes a circumstance which influences the patient's health status but not a current illness or injury. The code is unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.
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 Z20.3 are found in the index:
The Medicare Code Editor (MCE) detects and reports errors in the coding of claims data. The following ICD-10 Code Edits are applicable to this code:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Animal bite by potentially rabid animal
- Animal bite to human by potentially rabid animal
- Exposure to Rabies virus
- Suspected rabies
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Information for Patients
Also called: Hydrophobia
Rabies is a deadly animal disease caused by a virus. It can happen in wild animals, including raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes, or in dogs, cats or farm animals. People get it from the bite of an infected animal.
In people, symptoms of rabies include fever, headache and fatigue, then confusion, hallucinations and paralysis. Once the symptoms begin, the disease is usually fatal. A series of shots can prevent rabies in people exposed to the virus. You need to get them right away. If an animal bites you, wash the wound well; then get medical care.
To help prevent rabies
- Vaccinate your pet. Rabies vaccines are available for dogs, cats and farm animals
- Don't let pets roam
- Don't approach stray animals. Animals with rabies might be aggressive and vicious, or tired and weak
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Rabies (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Rabies Vaccine: What You Need to Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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