ICD-10-CM Code Spotlight – Z57 – Occupational exposure to risk factors

Code Category Z57 represents diagnosis codes related to specific occupational exposures for certain risk factors, including exposure to things like radiation, dust, environmental tobacco smoke, toxic agents, extreme temperatures, etc. Coding guidelines for this section instruct us that situations such as exposure to adverse occupational conditions can have a significant negative impact on the mental and physical wellbeing of a patient. Since this code category represents social information rather than medical diagnoses, codes from this category can be assigned based on documentation by nonphysician clinicians involved in the care of these patients as well as self-reported documentation from the patient, so long as the information is approved and verified in the medical record by a medical provider/physician. Capturing codes from this code category can influence worker’s compensation claims, civil litigation matters, as well as public health and policymaking. The codes we assign have a massive impact on society!

Read more about Code Category Z57 here:  https://www.icd10data.com/ICD10CM/Codes/Z00-Z99/Z55-Z65/Z57-/Z57



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