ICD-10-CM Code Z20.5

Contact with and (suspected) exposure to viral hepatitis

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

Z20.5 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of contact with and (suspected) exposure to viral hepatitis. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code Z20.5 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like exposure to hepatitis a virus or exposure to hepatitis b virus or exposure to hepatitis c virus or exposure to viral hepatitis or hepatitis b occupational risk.

ICD-10:Z20.5
Short Description:Contact with and (suspected) exposure to viral hepatitis
Long Description:Contact with and (suspected) exposure to viral hepatitis

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 Z20.5 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Exposure to Hepatitis A virus
  • Exposure to Hepatitis B virus
  • Exposure to Hepatitis C virus
  • Exposure to viral hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B Occupational risk

Convert Z20.5 to ICD-9

  • V01.79 - Viral dis contact NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to communicable diseases (Z20-Z29)
      • Contact w and exposure to communicable diseases (Z20) (suspected)

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


Hepatitis

Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver.

Viruses cause most cases of hepatitis. The type of hepatitis is named for the virus that causes it; for example, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Drug or alcohol use can also cause hepatitis. In other cases, your body mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the liver.

Some people who have hepatitis have no symptoms. Others may have

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
  • Stomach pain
  • Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes

Some forms of hepatitis are mild, and others can be serious. Some can lead to scarring, called cirrhosis, or to liver cancer.

Sometimes hepatitis goes away by itself. If it does not, it can be treated with drugs. Sometimes hepatitis lasts a lifetime. Vaccines can help prevent some viral forms.


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