2022 ICD-10-CM Code R05.9

Cough, unspecified

Version 2021
No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

Short Description:Cough, unspecified
Long Description:Cough, unspecified

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the circulatory and respiratory systems (R00-R09)

R05.9 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of cough, unspecified. The code R05.9 is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code R05.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like allergic cough, barking cough, bovine cough, brassy cough, clearing throat - hawking , cough, etc.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like R05.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.

New 2022 ICD-10 Code

R05.9 is new to ICD-10 code set for the FY 2022, effective October 1, 2021. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2021. This is a new and revised code for the FY 2022 (October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022).

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code R05.9 are found in the index:

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

Clinical Information

Replacement Code

R059 replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10 code(s):

Code History