Billable Medical Code for Memory Loss
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 780.93
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 780.93.
Memory loss is also known as amnesia, amnesia anterograde, amnesia retrograde, anterograde amnesia, forgetful, forgetfulness, memory impairment, and retrograde amnesia. This excludes memory loss due to: intracranial injuries (850.0-854.19), skull fractures (800.00-801.99, 803.00-804.99), mild memory disturbance due to organic brain damage (310.89), and transient global amnesia (437.7). This applies to amnesia (retrograde) and memory loss NOS.
Memory Loss Definition and Symptoms
Memory loss is when the ability to remember recent events, events in the past, or both is hindered. Memory loss can be permanent or temporary depending on the cause. Some of the common causes include sleep deprivation, head injury, brain surgery, brain tumor, thyroid dysfunction, emotional trauma, alzheimer’s disease, lack of oxygen to the brain, and stroke.