2022 ICD-10-CM Code A15

Respiratory tuberculosis

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

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

Code Classification

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

A15 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of respiratory tuberculosis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Respiratory tuberculosis

Non-specific codes like A15 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for respiratory tuberculosis:

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

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

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.


[Learn More in MedlinePlus]

Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)