Not Valid for Submission
G47.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of sleep apnea. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 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 Sleep apnea
Header codes like G47.3 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 sleep apnea:
- G47.30 - ... unspecified
- G47.31 - Primary central sleep apnea
- G47.32 - High altitude periodic breathing
- G47.33 - Obstructive sleep apnea (adult) (pediatric)
- G47.34 - Idiopathic sleep related nonobstructive alveolar hypoventilation
- G47.35 - Congenital central alveolar hypoventilation syndrome
- G47.36 - Sleep related hypoventilation in conditions classified elsewhere
- G47.37 - Central sleep apnea in conditions classified elsewhere
- G47.39 - Other sleep apnea
Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code G47.3:
Code AlsoCode Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.
- any associated underlying condition
Type 1 ExcludesType 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
- SLEEP APNEA SYNDROMES-. disorders characterized by multiple cessations of respirations during sleep that induce partial arousals and interfere with the maintenance of sleep. sleep apnea syndromes are divided into central see sleep apnea central obstructive see sleep apnea obstructive and mixed central obstructive types.
- SLEEP APNEA OBSTRUCTIVE-. a disorder characterized by recurrent apneas during sleep despite persistent respiratory efforts. it is due to upper airway obstruction. the respiratory pauses may induce hypercapnia or hypoxia. cardiac arrhythmias and elevation of systemic and pulmonary arterial pressures may occur. frequent partial arousals occur throughout sleep resulting in relative sleep deprivation and daytime tiredness. associated conditions include obesity; acromegaly; myxedema; micrognathia; myotonic dystrophy; adenotonsilar dystrophy; and neuromuscular diseases. from adams et al. principles of neurology 6th ed p395
- SLEEP APNEA CENTRAL-. a condition associated with multiple episodes of sleep apnea which are distinguished from obstructive sleep apnea sleep apnea obstructive by the complete cessation of efforts to breathe. this disorder is associated with dysfunction of central nervous system centers that regulate respiration.
Information for Patients
Also called: Sleep-disordered breathing
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your breathing to stop or get very shallow. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour.
The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. It causes your airway to collapse or become blocked during sleep. Normal breathing starts again with a snort or choking sound. People with sleep apnea often snore loudly. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
You are more at risk for sleep apnea if you are overweight, male, or have a family history or small airways. Children with enlarged tonsils or adenoids may also get it.
Doctors diagnose sleep apnea based on medical and family histories, a physical exam, and sleep study results.
When your sleep is interrupted throughout the night, you can be drowsy during the day. People with sleep apnea are at higher risk for car crashes, work-related accidents, and other medical problems. If you have it, it is important to get treatment. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and breathing devices can treat sleep apnea in many people.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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- Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) (Medical Encyclopedia)
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