ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z71.6

Tobacco abuse counseling

Diagnosis Code Z71.6

ICD-10: Z71.6
Short Description: Tobacco abuse counseling
Long Description: Tobacco abuse counseling
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z71.6

Valid for Submission
The code Z71.6 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons encountering health services in other circumstances (Z69-Z76)
      • Persons encntr health serv for oth cnsl and med advice, NEC (Z71)

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Unacceptable principal diagnosis Additional informationCallout TooltipUnacceptable 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.

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Present on Admission (POA) Additional informationCallout TooltipPresent on Admission
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.

The code Z71.6 is exempt from POA reporting.

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code Z71.6 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    Information for Patients

    Smokeless Tobacco

    Also called: Chewing tobacco, Dip, Oral tobacco, Snuff, Spit tobacco

    Many people who chew tobacco or dip snuff think it's safer than smoking. But you don't have to smoke tobacco for it to be dangerous. Chewing or dipping carries risks like

    • Cancer of the mouth
    • Decay of exposed tooth roots
    • Pulling away of the gums from the teeth
    • White patches or red sores in the mouth that can turn to cancer

    Recent research shows the dangers of smokeless tobacco may go beyond the mouth. It might also play a role in other cancers, heart disease and stroke.

    Smokeless tobacco contains more nicotine than cigarettes. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that makes it hard to stop using tobacco once you start. Having a quit date and a quitting plan can help you stop successfully.

    NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

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    Also called: Cigar smoking, Cigarette smoking, Pipe smoking, Tobacco smoking

    There's no way around it. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts. Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Your smoke is also bad for other people - they breathe in your smoke secondhand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do.

    E-cigarettes often look like cigarettes, but they work differently. They are battery-operated smoking devices. Not much is known about the health risks of using them.

    Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of health problems. The earlier you quit, the greater the benefit.

    NIH: National Cancer Institute

    • Risks of tobacco (Medical Encyclopedia)
    • Smoking and asthma (Medical Encyclopedia)
    • Smoking and COPD (Medical Encyclopedia)

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