Abuse, Neglect, or Maltreatment

by  Wyn Staheli
January 3rd, 2018

According to the official ICD-10-CM Guidelines, in situations of maltreatment (e.g., adult and child abuse, neglect, etc.), the sequence of coding is important. Regardless of whether it is suspected or confirmed, it is important to document the type of abuse. Use the following sequence:

  1. An appropriate code from category T74- (confirmed) or T76- (suspected)
  2. Any accompanying mental health or injury code(s) related to the abuse
  3. An external cause code, where applicable, (X92-Y09) to identify the cause of any physical injuries
  4. A perpetrator code (Y07-) if known


Add a Perpetrator Code (Y07-) If Known

For cases of confirmed abuse (T74-), add a perpetrator code (Y07-) if the perpetrator of the abuse is known. Do not report a perpetrator code with a suspected case of abuse (T76-).

What to Code When a Suspected Case of Abuse is Ruled Out

If a suspected case of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment (T76-) is ruled out during an encounter, use a (Z04-) code instead, indicating the suspicion has been ruled out:

Z04.4- Encounter for examination and observation following alleged rape
Z04.7- Encounter for examination and observation following alleged physical abuse


Abuse, Neglect, or Maltreatment. (2018, January 3). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/abuse-neglect-or-maltreatment-32778.html

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