ICD-10-CM Code Z68.5

Body mass index (BMI) pediatric

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Z68.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of body mass index (bmi) pediatric. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Z68.5
Short Description:Body mass index (BMI) pediatric
Long Description:Body mass index (BMI) pediatric

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • Z68.51 - ... less than 5th percentile for age
  • Z68.52 - ... 5th percentile to less than 85th percentile for age
  • Z68.53 - ... 85th percentile to less than 95th percentile for age
  • Z68.54 - ... greater than or equal to 95th percentile for age

Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Body mass index (Z68) (BMI)
      • Body mass index [BMI] (Z68)

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


Body Weight

Do you know if your current weight is healthy? "Underweight", "normal", "overweight", and "obese" are all labels for ranges of weight. Obese and overweight mean that your weight is greater than it should be for your health. Underweight means that it is lower than it should be for your health. Your healthy body weight depends on your sex and height. For children, it also depends on your age.

A sudden, unexpected change in weight can be a sign of a medical problem. Causes for sudden weight loss can include

  • Thyroid problems
  • Cancer
  • Infectious diseases
  • Digestive diseases
  • Certain medicines

Sudden weight gain can be due to medicines, thyroid problems, heart failure, and kidney disease.

Good nutrition and exercise can help in losing weight. Eating extra calories within a well-balanced diet and treating any underlying medical problems can help to add weight.


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