2022 ICD-10-CM Code H04.6

Other changes of lacrimal passages

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H04.6
Short Description:Other changes of lacrimal passages
Long Description:Other changes of lacrimal passages

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of eyelid, lacrimal system and orbit (H00-H05)
      • Disorders of lacrimal system (H04)

H04.6 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other changes of lacrimal passages. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Other changes of lacrimal passages

Non-specific codes like H04.6 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for other changes of lacrimal passages:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H04.61 for Lacrimal fistula
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.611 for Lacrimal fistula right lacrimal passage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.612 for Lacrimal fistula left lacrimal passage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.613 for Lacrimal fistula bilateral lacrimal passages
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.619 for Lacrimal fistula unspecified lacrimal passage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.69 for Other changes of lacrimal passages

Information for Patients


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)