ICD-10-CM Code Z79.5

Long term (current) use of steroids

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Z79.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable 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 valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Z79.5
Short Description:Long term (current) use of steroids
Long Description:Long term (current) use of steroids

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

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

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)

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


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

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and rashes
  • Some kinds of cancer

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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