ICD-10-CM Code A15

Respiratory tuberculosis

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

A15 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of respiratory tuberculosis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:A15
Short Description:Respiratory tuberculosis
Long Description:Respiratory tuberculosis

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • A15.0 - Tuberculosis of lung
  • A15.4 - Tuberculosis of intrathoracic lymph nodes
  • A15.5 - Tuberculosis of larynx, trachea and bronchus
  • A15.6 - Tuberculous pleurisy
  • A15.7 - Primary respiratory tuberculosis
  • A15.8 - Other respiratory tuberculosis
  • A15.9 - Respiratory tuberculosis unspecified

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Tuberculosis (A15-A19)
      • Respiratory tuberculosis (A15)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body.

TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. If you have been exposed, you should go to your doctor for tests. You are more likely to get TB if you have a weak immune system.

Symptoms of TB in the lungs may include

  • A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

Skin tests, blood tests, x-rays, and other tests can tell if you have TB. If not treated properly, TB can be deadly. You can usually cure active TB by taking several medicines for a long period of time.


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