ICD-10-CM Codes for the Holiday Season

ICD-10-CM codes for the holiday season
W00.0XXA, Fall on same level due to ice and snow, initial encounter.
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** Reviewed and updated on November 8, 2023. **

Accidents, Injuries, and Emotional Stress During the Holidays

The holidays can be a wonderful time of the year for many people. It’s all about family gatherings, traditions, and religion. But the holidays can also be the most challenging time of the year for many people due to end-of-the-year deadlines, the loss of a loved one, family conflicts, divorce, and loneliness.  Some people may enjoy too many yummy treats and consume too much of Aunt Helen’s famous eggnog.

Accidents, injuries, and emotional stress tend to keep physicians, emergency rooms, and urgent care centers quite busy during this time of year. 

ICD-10-CM Codes for the Holiday Season

In the following presentation, we introduce 12 common diagnosis codes you may use as a medical coder during the holiday season. Alternatively, you can see a list of these codes and their descriptions below, along with the information explained in the slides.

1. T63.791A, Toxic effect of contact with other venomous plant, accidental (unintentional), initial encounter. Be wary of poisonous plants like Poinsettias, Mistletoe, and holly berries this time of year.

2. Z72.820, Sleep deprivation. Too many things to do and not enough time can certainly cause us to go without much-needed sleep.

3. W11.XXXA, Fall on and from ladder, initial encounter. Watch your footing, whether you’re putting an angel or star on the tree or hanging lights outdoors.

4. Z62.891, Sibling rivalry. A big oops when one child has too many gifts, and one doesn’t have enough.

5. F43.89, Other reactions to severe stress. Demands that require so much of our time and attention can drain us emotionally.

6. W26.2XXA, Contact with edge of stiff paper, initial encounter. If you get careless while wrapping all those gifts, and the paper cut is severe enough, it may require a visit to the doctor’s office.

7. W00.0XXA, Fall on same level due to ice and snow, initial encounter. You don’t have to be on ice skates or skis to slip and fall and break a bone.

8. Z63.1, Problems in relationship with in-laws. Like it or not, getting together with some in-laws can be trying. And this time of the year is no different. Use restraint.

9. F10.929, Alcohol use, unspecified with intoxication, unspecified. Too many celebratory gatherings (even in small groups) where excessive alcohol is involved can lead to accidents of all sorts.

10, R11.0, Nausea. Eating too many of those cookies may not be the best thing. Remember, everything in moderation.

11. W51.XXXA, Accidental striking against or bumped into by another person, initial encounter. Shopping in person for those fantastic deals is all part of the fun. That is, until someone bumps into you and causes you great pain—something to be said for online shopping.

12. X08.8XXA, Exposure to other specified smoke, fire, and flames, initial encounter. As you continue to light the candles, the chances of getting burned are more likely.

You can find the above codes in your current ICD-10-CM coding manual. Be certain to review the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and the official conventions and instructions provided within the coding manual itself before selecting the correct code(s).

ICD-10-CM codes for the holiday season
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