ICD-10-CM Code R47.81

Slurred speech

Version 2020 Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R47.81 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of slurred speech. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R47.81 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like episodic ataxia, episodic ataxia with slurred speech, finding of intelligibility of articulation, finding of intelligibility of articulation, slurred speech, slurred speech, etc

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.

ICD-10:R47.81
Short Description:Slurred speech
Long Description:Slurred speech

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 R47.81 are found in the index:


Synonyms

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

  • Episodic ataxia
  • Episodic ataxia with slurred speech
  • Finding of intelligibility of articulation
  • Finding of intelligibility of articulation
  • Slurred speech
  • Slurred speech
  • Unintelligible articulation
  • Unintelligible articulation

Convert R47.81 to ICD-9

  • 784.59 - Speech disturbance NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving speech and voice (R47-R49)
      • Speech disturbances, not elsewhere classified (R47)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Speech and Communication Disorders

Many disorders can affect our ability to speak and communicate. They range from saying sounds incorrectly to being completely unable to speak or understand speech. Causes include

  • Hearing disorders and deafness
  • Voice problems, such as dysphonia or those caused by cleft lip or palate
  • Speech problems like stuttering
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke

Some speech and communication problems may be genetic. Often, no one knows the causes. By first grade, about 5 percent of children have noticeable speech disorders. Speech and language therapy can help.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders


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