ICD-10-CM Code Z60.2

Problems related to living alone

Version 2020 Billable Code Unacceptable Principal Diagnosis

Valid for Submission

Z60.2 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of problems related to living alone. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code Z60.2 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like lives alone or lives alone - help available or lives alone needs housekeeper or lives alone no help available or no help available from lay caregiver.

The code Z60.2 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.

ICD-10:Z60.2
Short Description:Problems related to living alone
Long Description:Problems related to living alone

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 Z60.2 are found in the index:


Code Edits

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:

  • Unacceptable principal diagnosis - There are selected codes that describe a circumstance which influences an individual’s health status but not a current illness or injury, or codes that are not specific manifestations but may be due to an underlying cause. These codes are considered unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.

Synonyms

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

  • Lives alone
  • Lives alone - help available
  • Lives alone needs housekeeper
  • Lives alone no help available
  • No help available from lay caregiver

Convert Z60.2 to ICD-9

  • V60.3 - Person living alone (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to socioeconomic and psychosocial circumstances (Z55-Z65)
      • Problems related to social environment (Z60)

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