2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z71.3

Dietary counseling and surveillance

Short Description:
Dietary counseling and surveillance
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
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Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Persons encountering health services in other circumstances
      • Persons encntr health serv for oth cnsl and med advice, NEC

Z71.3 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of dietary counseling and surveillance. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024. The code is exempt from present on admission (POA) reporting for inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals.

This code 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.

Approximate Synonyms

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

  • Concern about food and/or nutrition
  • Educated about weight management
  • Family education about dietary regime
  • Has seen dietitian - diabetes
  • Has seen dietitian - obesity
  • Patient advised about safe drinking - water
  • Patient advised about weight management
  • Patient advised clear fluids
  • Recommended thickened fluids
  • Seen by community-based dietetics service
  • Seen by dietetics service
  • Seen by dietitian
  • Seen by hospital-based dietetics service
  • Sees or has seen dietician
  • Wants to lose weight
  • Weight gain advised
  • Weight loss advised
  • Weight maintenance regimen

Clinical Information

  • Dietary Counseling and Surveillance-. professional guidance provided to a patient in an effort to optimize their diet. this includes consistent follow-up with the patient to review their progress.

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The following annotation back-references are applicable to this diagnosis code. The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10-CM codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more.

Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.
  • code for any associated underlying medical condition

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

The following annotation back-references for this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index. The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10-CM code(s).

Code Edits

The Medicare Code Editor (MCE) detects and reports errors in the coding of claims data. The following ICD-10-CM 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.

Present on Admission (POA)

Z71.3 is exempt from POA reporting - The Present on Admission (POA) indicator is used for diagnosis codes included in claims involving inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals. POA indicators must be reported to CMS on each claim to facilitate the grouping of diagnoses codes into the proper Diagnostic Related Groups (DRG). CMS publishes a listing of specific diagnosis codes that are exempt from the POA reporting requirement. Review other POA exempt codes here.

CMS POA Indicator Options and Definitions

POA IndicatorReason for CodeCMS will pay the CC/MCC DRG?
YDiagnosis was present at time of inpatient admission.YES
NDiagnosis was not present at time of inpatient admission.NO
UDocumentation insufficient to determine if the condition was present at the time of inpatient admission.NO
WClinically undetermined - unable to clinically determine whether the condition was present at the time of inpatient admission.YES
1Unreported/Not used - Exempt from POA reporting. NO

Convert to ICD-9-CM Code

Source ICD-10-CM CodeTarget ICD-9-CM Code
Z71.3V65.3 - Dietary surveil/counsel

Patient Education


Good nutrition is important in keeping people healthy throughout their lives - when they are babies, toddlers, children, adults, and then older adults. It can help people live longer and lower their risk of health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and more.

Good nutrition is about healthy eating. This means regularly choosing healthy foods and beverages. A healthy eating plan should give your body the energy and nutrients that you need every day. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. The plan should also take into account your preferences, cultural traditions, and budget.

Healthy eating does not mean that you have to follow a very strict diet or eat only a few specific types of food. It doesn't mean that you can never eat your favorite foods. You can eat a variety of foods, including less healthy favorites. But it's important not to eat too much of those foods or have them too often. You can balance those foods with healthier foods and regular physical activity.

The keys to a healthy eating plan include:

  • Eating a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products
  • Eating lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products
  • Getting enough fiber
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Limiting salt, added sugars, alcohol, and saturated fat
  • Making sure that you get enough nutrients, especially calcium, vitamin D, and potassium

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Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.