ICD-10 Code
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision
Apr 19, 2019

See: Respiratory failure, not elsewhere classified

J96.9 is NOT a complete or valid ICD 10 diagnosis code.

You should code each health care encounter to the level of certainty known for that encounter. When sufficient clinical information is not known or available to assign a more specific code, it is acceptable to report the appropriate unspecified code.

See below for more specifc codes relating to
Respiratory failure, unspecified

More specific codes for Respiratory failure, unspecified

  • J96.90 - Respiratory failure, unspecified, unspecified whether with hypoxia or hypercapnia
  • J96.91 - Respiratory failure, unspecified with hypoxia
  • J96.92 - Respiratory failure, unspecified with hypercapnia
See the ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines.

Questions related to J96.9 Respiratory failure, unspecified

When ICD 10 was implemented on October 1, 2015, it did not affect physicians', outpatient facilities', and hospital outpatient departments' use of CPT codes on Medicare Fee-For-Service claims. Providers should continue to use CPT codes to report these services.