ICD-10-CM Code Z20.811

Contact with and (suspected) exposure to meningococcus

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

Z20.811 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of contact with and (suspected) exposure to meningococcus. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code Z20.811 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like exposure to meningitis or exposure to neisseria meningitidis.

ICD-10:Z20.811
Short Description:Contact with and (suspected) exposure to meningococcus
Long Description:Contact with and (suspected) exposure to meningococcus

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 Z20.811 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 meningitis
  • Exposure to Neisseria meningitidis

Convert Z20.811 to ICD-9

  • V01.84 - Meningococcus contact

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


Meningococcal Infections

Meningococci are a type of bacteria that cause serious infections. The most common infection is meningitis, which is an inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Meningococci can also cause other problems, including a serious bloodstream infection called sepsis.

Meningococcal infections can spread from person to person. Risk factors include

  • Age - it is more common in infants, teens, and young adults
  • Living in close quarters, such as in college dorms or military settings
  • Certain medical conditions, such as not having a spleen
  • Travel to areas where meningococcal disease is common

In its early stages, you may have flu-like symptoms and a stiff neck. But the disease can progress quickly and can be fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important. Lab tests on your blood and cerebrospinal fluid can tell if you have it. Treatment is with antibiotics. Since the infection spreads from person to person, family members may also need to be treated.

A vaccine can prevent meningococcal infections.


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