ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z51.5

Encounter for palliative care

Diagnosis Code Z51.5

ICD-10: Z51.5
Short Description: Encounter for palliative care
Long Description: Encounter for palliative care
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z51.5

Valid for Submission
The code Z51.5 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Encounters for other specific health care (Z40-Z53)
      • Encounter for other aftercare and medical care (Z51)

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients

Palliative Care

Palliative care is treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. It provides relief from distressing symptoms including

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Problems with sleep

It can also help you deal with the side effects of the medical treatments you're receiving.

Hospice care, care at the end of life, always includes palliative care. But you may receive palliative care at any stage of an illness. The goal is to make you comfortable and improve your quality of life.

NIH: National Institute of Nursing Research

  • Finding Family Support Resource Card - NIH (National Institute of Nursing Research)
  • Palliative care - fear and anxiety (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Palliative care - fluid, food, and digestion (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Palliative care - managing pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Palliative care - shortness of breath (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Palliative care - what the final days are like (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Pediatric Palliative Care at a Glance - NIH (National Institute of Nursing Research)
  • What is palliative care? (Medical Encyclopedia)

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