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ICD-10-CM Code Q68.5
Congenital bowing of long bones of leg, unspecified

BILLABLE
Billable Code
Billable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
POA Exempt
POA Exempt Code
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires medical coders to indicate whether or not a condition was present at the time of admission, in order to properly assign MS-DRG codes. This "Present On Admission" (POA) indicator is recorded on CMS form 4010A.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

Q68.5 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of congenital bowing of long bones of leg, unspecified. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.

POA Indicators on CMS form 4010A are as follows:

IndicatorMeaningCMS Will Pay CC/MCC DRG Costs
YDiagnosis was present at time of inpatient admissionYes
NDiagnosis was not present at time of inpatient admissionNo
UDocumentation insufficient to determine if the condition was present at the time of inpatient admission.No
WClinically undetermined. Provider unable to clinically determine whether the condition was present at the time of inpatient admission.Yes
1Exempt from POA reportingNo


The ICD code Q685 is used to code Genu varum

Genu Varum (also called bow-leggedness, bandiness, bandy-leg, and tibia vara), is a physical deformity marked by (outward) bowing of the lower leg in relation to the thigh, giving the appearance of an archer's bow. Usually medial angulation of both femur and tibia is involved.

Specialty: Medical Genetics
MeSH Codes: ,
ICD 9 Codes: 755.64, 736.42

X-Ray of the legs in a 2 year old child with rickets

Source: Wikipedia

MS-DRG Mapping

  • DRG Group #564-566 - Other musculoskeletal system and connective tissue diagnoses with MCC.
  • DRG Group #564-566 - Other musculoskeletal system and connective tissue diagnoses with CC.
  • DRG Group #564-566 - Other musculoskeletal system and connective tissue diagnoses without CC or MCC.

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'Q68.5 - Congenital bowing of long bones of leg, unspecified'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code Q68.5. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.

Equivalent ICD-9 Code GENERAL EQUIVALENCE MAPPINGS (GEM)

Congenital bowing of unspecified long bones of leg (exact match)

This is the official exact match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that in all cases where the ICD9 code 754.44 was previously used, Q68.5 is the appropriate modern ICD10 code.


Parent Code: Q68 - Other congenital musculoskeletal deformities

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Source: http://icd.codes/icd10cm/Q685