ICD-10-CM Code Z77.011

Contact with and (suspected) exposure to lead

Version 2020 Billable Code Unacceptable Principal Diagnosis

Valid for Submission

Z77.011 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of contact with and (suspected) exposure to lead. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code Z77.011 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like accidental exposure to metallic lead, environmental pollution, exposure to lead, exposure to potentially hazardous chemical, exposure to potentially hazardous substance, history of exposure to lead, etc

The code Z77.011 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:Z77.011
Short Description:Contact with and (suspected) exposure to lead
Long Description:Contact with and (suspected) exposure to lead

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 Z77.011 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:

  • Accidental exposure to metallic lead
  • Environmental pollution
  • Exposure to lead
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous chemical
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous substance
  • History of exposure to lead
  • Lead pollution
  • Presence of lead-based paint

Convert Z77.011 to ICD-9

  • V15.86 - Hx-contact/exposure lead

Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to family and personal history and certain conditions influencing health status (Z77-Z99)
      • Oth contact w and exposures hazardous to health (Z77) (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


Lead Poisoning

Lead is a metal that occurs naturally in the earth's crust. Lead can be found in all parts of our environment. Much of it comes from human activities such as mining and manufacturing. Lead used to be in paint; older houses may still have lead paint. You could be exposed to lead by

  • Eating food or drinking water that contains lead. Water pipes in older homes may contain lead.
  • Working in a job where lead is used
  • Using lead in a hobby, such as making stained glass or lead-glazed pottery
  • Using folk remedies such as herbs or foods that contain lead

Breathing air, drinking water, eating food, or swallowing or touching dirt that contains lead can cause many health problems. Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. In adults, lead can increase blood pressure and cause infertility, nerve disorders, and muscle and joint pain. It can also make you irritable and affect your ability to concentrate and remember.

Lead is especially dangerous for children. A child who swallows large amounts of lead may develop anemia, severe stomachache, muscle weakness, and brain damage. Even at low levels, lead can affect a child's mental and physical growth.

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