R53.1 is a billable/specific code within the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) system. It signifies the diagnosis of weakness, a general term for diminished or absent energy and strength. This code is used for reimbursement in healthcare claims submitted on or after October 1, 2015.
Several diagnoses are explicitly excluded from being coded alongside R53.1:
This implies that if the weakness stems from any of these specific conditions, R53.1 should not be used. Additionally, particular codes (listed under Diagnosis Index entries) have back-references to R53.1, indicating a potential relationship between them.
R53.1 signifies a symptom characterized by:
This broad definition encompasses various forms of weakness, highlighting its role as a general symptom rather than a specific diagnosis.
R53.1 falls under specific Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs), namely 947 Signs and symptoms with MCC and 948 Signs and symptoms without MCC. These DRGs group diagnoses with similar resource utilization to estimate reimbursement payments for hospital stays.
R53.1 entered the ICD-10-CM coding system in 2016 and has remained unaltered since then, indicating its consistent relevance in capturing the symptoms of weakness. Notably, there is no direct equivalent for R53.1 in the older ICD-9-CM coding system.
R53.1 can be used in various contexts, such as:
R53.1 plays a crucial role in healthcare documentation and reimbursement by providing a standardized code for the symptoms of weakness. Understanding its application and limitations ensures accurate coding and facilitates effective communication within the healthcare system.
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