M06.8 - Other specified rheumatoid arthritis

Version 2023
ICD-10:M06.8
Short Description:Other specified rheumatoid arthritis
Long Description:Other specified 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)
      • Other rheumatoid arthritis (M06)

M06.8 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 other specified 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 Other specified rheumatoid arthritis

Non-specific codes like M06.8 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 other specified rheumatoid arthritis:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.80 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified site
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M06.81 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.811 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, right shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.812 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, left shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.819 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified shoulder
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M06.82 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.821 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.822 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.829 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M06.83 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.831 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, right wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.832 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, left wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.839 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified wrist
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M06.84 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, hand
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.841 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, right hand
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.842 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, left hand
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.849 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified hand
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M06.85 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.851 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, right hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.852 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, left hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.859 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified hip
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M06.86 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, knee
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.861 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, right knee
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.862 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, left knee
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.869 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified knee
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M06.87 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, ankle and foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.871 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, right ankle and foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.872 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, left ankle and foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.879 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified ankle and foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.88 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, vertebrae
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.89 for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sites
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M06.8A for Other specified rheumatoid arthritis, other specified site

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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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that mostly affects joints, such as the wrist, hands, feet, spine, knees, and jaw.
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