M05.5 - Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis

Version 2023
ICD-10:M05.5
Short Description:Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis
Long Description:Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Inflammatory polyarthropathies (M05-M14)
      • Rheumatoid arthritis with rheumatoid factor (M05)

M05.5 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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 Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis

Non-specific codes like M05.5 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 rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.50 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of unspecified site
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M05.51 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.511 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of right shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.512 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of left shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.519 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of unspecified shoulder
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M05.52 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.521 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.522 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.529 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of unspecified elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M05.53 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.531 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of right wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.532 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of left wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.539 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of unspecified wrist
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M05.54 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of hand
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.541 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of right hand
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.542 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of left hand
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.549 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of unspecified hand
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M05.55 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.551 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of right hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.552 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of left hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.559 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of unspecified hip
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M05.56 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of knee
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.561 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of right knee
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.562 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of left knee
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.569 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of unspecified knee
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M05.57 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of ankle and foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.571 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of right ankle and foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.572 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of left ankle and foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.579 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of unspecified ankle and foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M05.59 for Rheumatoid polyneuropathy with rheumatoid arthritis of multiple sites

Patient Education


Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers.

More women than men get rheumatoid arthritis. It often starts in middle age and is most common in older people. You might have the disease for only a short time, or symptoms might come and go. The severe form can last a lifetime.

Rheumatoid arthritis is different from osteoarthritis, the common arthritis that often comes with older age. RA can affect body parts besides joints, such as your eyes, mouth and lungs. RA is an autoimmune disease, which means the arthritis results from your immune system attacking your body's own tissues.

No one knows what causes rheumatoid arthritis. Genes, environment, and hormones might contribute. Treatments include medicine, lifestyle changes, and surgery. These can slow or stop joint damage and reduce pain and swelling.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes chronic abnormal inflammation, primarily affecting the joints. The most common signs and symptoms are pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joints. Small joints in the hands and feet are involved most often, although larger joints (such as the shoulders, hips, and knees) may become involved later in the disease. Joints are typically affected in a symmetrical pattern; for example, if joints in the hand are affected, both hands tend to be involved. People with rheumatoid arthritis often report that their joint pain and stiffness is worse when getting out of bed in the morning or after a long rest.

Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause inflammation of other tissues and organs, including the eyes, lungs, and blood vessels. Additional signs and symptoms of the condition can include a loss of energy, a low fever, weight loss, and a shortage of red blood cells (anemia). Some affected individuals develop rheumatoid nodules, which are firm lumps of noncancerous tissue that can grow under the skin and elsewhere in the body.

The signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis usually appear in mid- to late adulthood. Many affected people have episodes of symptoms (flares) followed by periods with no symptoms (remissions) for the rest of their lives. In severe cases, affected individuals have continuous health problems related to the disease for many years. The abnormal inflammation can lead to severe joint damage, which limits movement and can cause significant disability.


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