2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z48.81

Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on specified body systems

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • Z48.81 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • Short description: Encntr for surgical aftcr fol surgery on spcf body systems
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM Z48.81 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of Z48.81 - other international versions of ICD-10 Z48.81 may differ.
Applicable To
  • These codes identify the body system requiring aftercare. They are for use in conjunction with other aftercare codes to fully explain the aftercare encounter. The condition treated should also be coded if still present.
Type 1 Excludes
Type 1 Excludes Help
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as Z48.81. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • aftercare for injury- code the injury with 7th character D
  • aftercare following surgery for neoplasm (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z48.3

    Aftercare following surgery for neoplasm

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code POA Exempt
    Use Additional
    • code to identify the neoplasm
    Z48.3
    )
Type 2 Excludes
Type 2 Excludes Help
A type 2 excludes note represents "not included here". A type 2 excludes note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition it is excluded from but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When a type 2 excludes note appears under a code it is acceptable to use both the code (Z48.81) and the excluded code together.
  • aftercare following organ transplant (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z48.2

    Encounter for aftercare following organ transplant

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Z48.2-
    )
  • orthopedic aftercare (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z47
    • Z47 Orthopedic aftercare
      • Z47.1 Aftercare following joint replacement surgery...
      • Z47.2 Encounter for removal of internal fixation de...
      • Z47.3 Aftercare following explantation of joint pro...
        • Z47.31 Aftercare following explantation of shoulder ...
        • Z47.32 Aftercare following explantation of hip joint...
        • Z47.33 Aftercare following explantation of knee join...
      • Z47.8 Encounter for other orthopedic aftercare
        • Z47.81 Encounter for orthopedic aftercare following ...
        • Z47.82 Encounter for orthopedic aftercare following ...
        • Z47.89 Encounter for other orthopedic aftercare
    Z47.-
    )
The following code(s) above Z48.81 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to Z48.81:
  • Z00-Z99
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range Z00-Z99

    Factors influencing health status and contact with health services

    Note
    • Z codes represent reasons for encounters. A corresponding procedure code must accompany a Z code if a procedure is performed. Categories Z00-Z99 are provided for occasions when circumstances other than a disease, injury or external cause classifiable to categories A00-Y89 are recorded as 'diagnoses' or 'problems'. This can arise in two main ways:
    • (a) When a person who may or may not be sick encounters the health services for some specific purpose, such as to receive limited care or service for a current condition, to donate an organ or tissue, to receive prophylactic vaccination (immunization), or to discuss a problem which is in itself not a disease or injury.
    • (b) When some circumstance or problem is present which influences the person's health status but is not in itself a current illness or injury.
    Factors influencing health status and contact with health services
  • Z40-Z53
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range Z40-Z53

    Encounters for other specific health care

    Applicable To
    • Categories Z40-Z53 are intended for use to indicate a reason for care. They may be used for patients who have already been treated for a disease or injury, but who are receiving aftercare or prophylactic care, or care to consolidate the treatment, or to deal with a residual state
    Type 2 Excludes
    • follow-up examination for medical surveillance after treatment (Z08-Z09)
    Encounters for other specific health care
  • Z48
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z48

    Encounter for other postprocedural aftercare

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • encounter for follow-up examination after completed treatment (Z08-Z09)
    • encounter for aftercare following injury - code to Injury, by site, with appropriate 7th character for subsequent encounter
    Type 2 Excludes
    • encounter for attention to artificial openings (Z43.-)
    • encounter for fitting and adjustment of prosthetic and other devices (Z44-Z46)
    Encounter for other postprocedural aftercare
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To Z48.81
Z48.23 Encounter for aftercare following liver transplant
Z48.24 Encounter for aftercare following lung transplant
Z48.28 Encounter for aftercare following multiple organ transplant
Z48.280 Encounter for aftercare following heart-lung transplant
Z48.288 Encounter for aftercare following multiple organ transplant
Z48.29 Encounter for aftercare following other organ transplant
Z48.290 Encounter for aftercare following bone marrow transplant
Z48.298 Encounter for aftercare following other organ transplant
Z48.3 Aftercare following surgery for neoplasm
Z48.8 Encounter for other specified postprocedural aftercare
Z48.81 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on specified body systems
Z48.810 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on the sense organs
Z48.811 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on the nervous system
Z48.812 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on the circulatory system
Z48.813 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on the respiratory system
Z48.814 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on the teeth or oral cavity
Z48.815 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on the digestive system
Z48.816 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on the genitourinary system
Z48.817 Encounter for surgical aftercare following surgery on the skin and subcutaneous tissue
Z48.89 Encounter for other specified surgical aftercare
Z49 Encounter for care involving renal dialysis

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.