2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R29.6

Repeated falls

    2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code
  • R29.6 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM R29.6 became effective on October 1, 2018.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of R29.6 - other international versions of ICD-10 R29.6 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Falling
  • Tendency to fall
Type 2 Excludes
Type 2 Excludes Help
A type 2 excludes note represents "not included here". A type 2 excludes note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition it is excluded from but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When a type 2 excludes note appears under a code it is acceptable to use both the code (R29.6) and the excluded code together.
  • at risk for falling (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z91.81

    History of falling

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code POA Exempt
    Applicable To
    • At risk for falling
    Z91.81
    )
  • history of falling (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z91.81

    History of falling

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code POA Exempt
    Applicable To
    • At risk for falling
    Z91.81
    )
The following code(s) above R29.6 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 R29.6:
  • R00-R99
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range R00-R99

    Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified

    Note
    • This chapter includes symptoms, signs, abnormal results of clinical or other investigative procedures, and ill-defined conditions regarding which no diagnosis classifiable elsewhere is recorded.
    • Signs and symptoms that point rather definitely to a given diagnosis have been assigned to a category in other chapters of the classification. In general, categories in this chapter include the less well-defined conditions and symptoms that, without the necessary study of the case to establish a final diagnosis, point perhaps equally to two or more diseases or to two or more systems of the body. Practically all categories in the chapter could be designated 'not otherwise specified', 'unknown etiology' or 'transient'. The Alphabetical Index should be consulted to determine which symptoms and signs are to be allocated here and which to other chapters. The residual subcategories, numbered .8, are generally provided for other relevant symptoms that cannot be allocated elsewhere in the classification.
    • The conditions and signs or symptoms included in categories R00-R94 consist of:
    • (a) cases for which no more specific diagnosis can be made even after all the facts bearing on the case have been investigated;
    • (b) signs or symptoms existing at the time of initial encounter that proved to be transient and whose causes could not be determined;
    • (c) provisional diagnosis in a patient who failed to return for further investigation or care;
    • (d) cases referred elsewhere for investigation or treatment before the diagnosis was made;
    • (e) cases in which a more precise diagnosis was not available for any other reason;
    • (f) certain symptoms, for which supplementary information is provided, that represent important problems in medical care in their own right.
    Type 2 Excludes
    • abnormal findings on antenatal screening of mother (O28.-)
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • signs and symptoms classified in the body system chapters
    • signs and symptoms of breast (N63, N64.5)
    Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified
Approximate Synonyms
  • Recurrent falls
Clinical Information
  • A fall can change your life. If you're elderly, it can lead to disability and a loss of independence. If your bones are fragile from osteoporosis, you could break a bone, often a hip. But aging alone doesn't make people fall. Diabetes and heart disease affect balance. So do problems with circulation, thyroid or nervous systems. Some medicines make people dizzy. Eye problems or alcohol can be factors. Any of these things can make a fall more likely. Babies and young children are also at risk of falling - off of furniture and down stairs, for example.falls and accidents seldom "just happen." taking care of your health by exercising and getting regular eye exams and physicals may help reduce your chance of falling. Getting rid of tripping hazards in your home and wearing nonskid shoes may also help. To reduce the chances of breaking a bone if you do fall, make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin d. nih: national institute on aging
  • A finding of sudden movement downward, usually resulting in injury.
  • A sudden movement downward, usually resulting in injury.
ICD-10-CM R29.6 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v36.0):
  • 091 Other disorders of nervous system with mcc
  • 092 Other disorders of nervous system with cc
  • 093 Other disorders of nervous system without cc/mcc

Convert R29.6 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
Code annotations containing back-references to R29.6:
  • Type 1 Excludes: R26.2
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R26.2

    Difficulty in walking, not elsewhere classified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to R29.6:
  • Falling, falls (repeated) R29.6
  • Gait abnormality R26.9
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R26.9

    Unspecified abnormalities of gait and mobility

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code
    • falling R29.6
  • Repeated falls NEC R29.6
  • Tendency
    • to fall R29.6

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To R29.6
R27.0 Ataxia, unspecified
R27.8 Other lack of coordination
R27.9 Unspecified lack of coordination
R29 Other symptoms and signs involving the nervous and musculoskeletal systems
R29.0 Tetany
R29.1 Meningismus
R29.2 Abnormal reflex
R29.3 Abnormal posture
R29.4 Clicking hip
R29.5 Transient paralysis
R29.6 Repeated falls
R29.7 National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score
R29.70 NIHSS score 0-9
R29.700 NIHSS score 0
R29.701 NIHSS score 1
R29.702 NIHSS score 2
R29.703 NIHSS score 3
R29.704 NIHSS score 4
R29.705 NIHSS score 5
R29.706 NIHSS score 6
R29.707 NIHSS score 7

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