ICD-10-CM Code Z51.5

Encounter for palliative care

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

Z51.5 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of encounter for palliative care. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code Z51.5 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like seen by palliative care medicine service or seen by palliative care physician or seen by palliative care service or under care of palliative care physician.

ICD-10:Z51.5
Short Description:Encounter for palliative care
Long Description:Encounter for palliative care

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 Z51.5 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:

  • Seen by palliative care medicine service
  • Seen by palliative care physician
  • Seen by palliative care service
  • Under care of palliative care physician

Convert Z51.5 to ICD-9

  • V66.7 - Encountr palliative care

Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Encounters for other specific health care (Z40-Z53)
      • Encounter for other aftercare and medical care (Z51)

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


Palliative Care

Palliative care is treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. It provides relief from distressing symptoms including

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Problems with sleep

It can also help you deal with the side effects of the medical treatments you're receiving.

Hospice care, care at the end of life, always includes palliative care. But you may receive palliative care at any stage of an illness. The goal is to make you comfortable and improve your quality of life.

NIH: National Institute of Nursing Research


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