Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 315.9
Unspecified delay in development
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Development delay NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 315.9 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
  • ICD-9-CM 315.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Developmental delay
  • Developmental delay, global
  • Developmental delay, mild-moderate
  • Developmental delay, severe
  • Developmental disorder
  • Developmental neurologic disorder
  • Gen neurologic/dev delay
  • Global developmental delay
  • Mild to moderate developmental delay
  • Neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Severe developmental delay
Clinical Information
  • 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.
  • As encompassed in federal legislation for educational assistance to handicapped children, includes disabilities originating before age 18 that constitute substantial barriers to normal functioning. Use a more specific term if possible.
  • 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.
  • Delays in any or all areas including cognitive, social, language, sensory, and emotional development.
Applies To
  • Developmental disorder NOS
  • Learning disorder NOS
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 315.9 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM F81.9 Developmental disorder of scholastic skills, unspecified
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM F89 Unspecified disorder of psychological development
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 315.9:
  • Delay, delayed
  • Disorder - see also Disease
    • learning 315.9
  • Retardation
    • development, developmental, specific (see also Disorder, development, specific) 315.9
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