Valid for Submission
R15.0 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of incomplete defecation. The code R15.0 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code R15.0 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal defecation, alteration in bowel elimination, fecal incontinence with incomplete defecation, finding of quantity of defecation or incomplete passage of stool.
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.
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 R15.0:
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.
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 R15.0 are found in the index:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Abnormal defecation
- Alteration in bowel elimination
- Fecal incontinence with incomplete defecation
- Finding of quantity of defecation
- Incomplete passage of stool
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
Convert R15.0 to ICD-9 Code
Information for Patients
Also called: Encopresis, Fecal incontinence, Stool soiling
Bowel incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, you may not be able to hold it until you get to a toilet. Millions of Americans have this problem. It affects people of all ages - children and adults. It is more common in women and older adults. It is not a normal part of aging.
- Damage to muscles or nerves of the anus and rectum
- Pelvic floor disorders
Treatments include changes in diet, medicines, bowel training, or surgery.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- Bowel incontinence (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Encopresis (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Stool Diary - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
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