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What does the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for cough mean?

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According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as of 2014, there are eight possible ICD-9 codes for cough and include: 033.0, 033.1, 033.8, 033.9, 339.83, 484.3, 493.82 and 786.2. The correct code depends on the type of cough with which the patient is diagnosed.

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CMS reports that code 033.0 specifies whooping cough due to bordetella pertussis. Code 033.1 specifies whooping cough due to bordetella parapertussis. Code 033.8 is a diagnosis of whooping cough due to other specified organism, and code 033.9 is for a diagnosis of whooping cough of unspecified organism. Code 493.82 denotes cough-variant asthma, and code 786.2 denotes cough.

The American College of Emergency Physicians states that the ICD-9 code for cough is the International Classification of Diseases (ninth edition) code for the diagnosis of a cough. The code is primarily used for billing purposes.

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