Z79.5 - Long term (current) use of steroids

Version 2023
ICD-10:Z79.5
Short Description:Long term (current) use of steroids
Long Description:Long term (current) use of steroids
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
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)
      • Long term drug therapy (Z79) (current)

Z79.5 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of long term (current) use of steroids. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Long term (current) use of steroids

Non-specific codes like Z79.5 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for long term (current) use of steroids:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use Z79.51 for Long term (current) use of inhaled steroids
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use Z79.52 for Long term (current) use of systemic steroids

Patient Education


Steroids

You may have heard of anabolic steroids, which can have harmful effects. But there's another type of steroid - sometimes called a corticosteroid - that treats a variety of problems. These steroids are similar to hormones that your adrenal glands make to fight stress associated with illnesses and injuries. They reduce inflammation and affect the immune system.

You may need to take corticosteroids to treat:

Steroids are strong medicines, and they can have side effects, including weakened bones and cataracts. Because of this, you usually take them for as short a time as possible.


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