Valid for Submission
R47.9 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified speech disturbances. The code R47.9 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 R47.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like dissociative neurological symptom disorder co-occurrent with symptom of speech production, disturbance in speech, has difficulty with speech, o/e - communication, o/e - speech defect , speech dysfunction, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like R47.9 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.
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 R47.9 are found in the index:
- - Impediment, speech - See Also: Disorder, speech; - R47.9
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Dissociative neurological symptom disorder co-occurrent with symptom of speech production
- Disturbance in speech
- Has difficulty with speech
- O/E - communication
- O/E - speech defect
- Speech dysfunction
- Speech problem
- Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia Cantu type
Convert R47.9 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code R47.9 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
Information for Patients
Speech and Communication Disorders
Also called: 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
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
- Apraxia (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Dysarthria (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Phonological disorder (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Selective mutism (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Speech impairment (adult) (Medical Encyclopedia)