2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K70.9

Alcoholic liver disease, unspecified

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code Adult Dx (15-124 years)
  • K70.9 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 K70.9 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of K70.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 K70.9 may differ.
ICD-10-CM Coding Rules
  • K70.9 is applicable to adult patients aged 15 - 124 years inclusive.
The following code(s) above K70.9 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to K70.9:
  • K00-K95
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range K00-K95

    Diseases of the digestive system

    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    Diseases of the digestive system
  • K70-K77
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range K70-K77

    Diseases of liver

    Type 1 Excludes
    • jaundice NOS (R17)
    Type 2 Excludes
    Diseases of liver
  • K70
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K70

    Alcoholic liver disease

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Use Additional
    • code to identify:
    • alcohol abuse and dependence (F10.-)
    Alcoholic liver disease
Approximate Synonyms
  • Alcoholic liver damage
Clinical Information
  • A disorder caused by damage to the liver parenchyma due to alcohol consumption. It may present with an acute onset or follow a chronic course, leading to cirrhosis.
  • Liver diseases associated with alcoholism. It usually refers to the coexistence of two or more subentities, i.e., alcoholic fatty liver; alcoholic hepatitis; and alcoholic cirrhosis.
ICD-10-CM K70.9 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 432 Cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis with mcc
  • 433 Cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis with cc
  • 434 Cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis without cc/mcc

Convert K70.9 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 K70.9:

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To K70.9
K70.1 Alcoholic hepatitis
K70.10 …… without ascites
K70.11 …… with ascites
K70.2 Alcoholic fibrosis and sclerosis of liver
K70.3 Alcoholic cirrhosis of liver
K70.30 …… without ascites
K70.31 …… with ascites
K70.4 Alcoholic hepatic failure
K70.40 …… without coma
K70.41 …… with coma
K70.9 Alcoholic liver disease, unspecified
K71 Toxic liver disease
K71.0 Toxic liver disease with cholestasis
K71.1 Toxic liver disease with hepatic necrosis
K71.10 …… without coma
K71.11 …… with coma
K71.2 Toxic liver disease with acute hepatitis
K71.3 Toxic liver disease with chronic persistent hepatitis
K71.4 Toxic liver disease with chronic lobular hepatitis
K71.5 Toxic liver disease with chronic active hepatitis
K71.50 …… without ascites

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.