2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code F81.9

Developmental disorder of scholastic skills, unspecified

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • F81.9 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM F81.9 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of F81.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 F81.9 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Knowledge acquisition disability NOS
  • Learning disability NOS
  • Learning disorder NOS
The following code(s) above F81.9 contain annotation back-references
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  • Code Also annotations, or
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that may be applicable to F81.9:
  • F01-F99
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range F01-F99

    Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental disorders

    Includes
    • disorders of psychological development
    Type 2 Excludes
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R99)
    Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental disorders
Approximate Synonyms
  • Developmental academic disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Nonverbal learning disorder
Clinical Information
  • A group of disorders that affect a person's ability to learn or process specific types of information which is in contrast to his/her apparent level of intellect.
  • According to United States Federal legislation, disabilities involved in understanding or using language, manifested in impaired listening, thinking, talking, reading, writing, or arithmetic skills. Includes perceptual handicaps, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, and developmental aphasia. Compare learning disorders.
  • According to United States Federal legislation, learning problems that are due to visual, hearing, or motor handicaps, mental retardation, emotional disturbance or environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage. Compare learning disabilities.
  • Conditions characterized by a significant discrepancy between an individual's perceived level of intellect and their ability to acquire new language and other cognitive skills. These disorders may result from organic or psychological conditions. Relatively common subtypes include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.
  • Conditions characterized by a significant discrepancy between an individual's perceived level of intellect and their ability to acquire new language and other cognitive skills; may result from organic or psychological conditions.
  • Learning disorders affect how a person understands, remembers and responds to new information. People with learning disorders may have problems
    • listening or paying attention
    • speaking
    • reading or writing
    • doing math
    although learning disorders occur in very young children, they are usually not recognized until the child reaches school age. About one-third of children who have learning disabilities also have adhd, which makes it hard to focus. Evaluation and testing by a trained professional can help identify a learning disorder. The next step is special education, which involves helping your child in the areas where he or she needs the most help. Sometimes tutors or speech or language therapists also work with the children. Learning disorders do not go away, but strategies to work around them can make them less of a problem.
ICD-10-CM F81.9 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 886 Behavioral and developmental disorders

Convert F81.9 to ICD-9-CM

Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to F81.9:
  • Delay, delayed
    • development R62.50
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R62.50

      Unspecified lack of expected normal physiological development in childhood

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
      Applicable To
      • Infantilism NOS
      • intellectual F81.9 (specific)
      • learning F81.9
  • Development
    • delayed R62.50
      - see also Delay, development
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R62.50

      Unspecified lack of expected normal physiological development in childhood

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
      Applicable To
      • Infantilism NOS
      • learning skill F81.9
  • Disability, disabilities
    • knowledge acquisition F81.9
    • learning F81.9
  • Disorder (of) - see also Disease
    • developmental F89
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code F89

      Unspecified disorder of psychological development

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
      Applicable To
      • Developmental disorder NOS
      • Neurodevelopmental disorder NOS
    • learning (specific) F81.9
    • psychogenic NOS F45.9
      - see also condition
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code F45.9

      Somatoform disorder, unspecified

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
      Applicable To
      • Psychosomatic disorder NOS
      • learning F81.9
  • Learning defect F81.9 (specific)
  • Problem (with) (related to)
    • learning F81.9 (developmental)

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To F81.9
F80.81 Childhood onset fluency disorder
F80.82 Social pragmatic communication disorder
F80.89 Other developmental disorders of speech and language
F80.9 Developmental disorder of speech and language, unspecified
F81 Specific developmental disorders of scholastic skills
F81.0 Specific reading disorder
F81.2 Mathematics disorder
F81.8 Other developmental disorders of scholastic skills
F81.81 Disorder of written expression
F81.89 Other developmental disorders of scholastic skills
F81.9 Developmental disorder of scholastic skills, unspecified
F82 Specific developmental disorder of motor function
F84 Pervasive developmental disorders
F84.0 Autistic disorder
F84.2 Rett's syndrome
F84.3 Other childhood disintegrative disorder
F84.5 Asperger's syndrome
F84.8 Other pervasive developmental disorders
F84.9 Pervasive developmental disorder, unspecified
F88 Other disorders of psychological development
F89 Unspecified disorder of psychological development

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