Not Valid for Submission
H10 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of conjunctivitis. 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 Conjunctivitis
Non-specific codes like H10 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 conjunctivitis:
Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H10:
Type 1 ExcludesType 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
- keratoconjunctivitis H16.2
- CONJUNCTIVITIS-. inflammation of the conjunctiva.
- CONJUNCTIVITIS ACUTE HEMORRHAGIC-. a highly contagious disease characterized by subconjunctival hemorrhage sudden swelling of the eyelids and congestion redness and pain in the eye. epidemic conjunctivitis caused by enterovirus 70 ev 70 was first described in africa in 1969. it is caused also by coxsackievirus a24 variant ca24v. epidemics by this organism have appeared most frequently in asia.
- CONJUNCTIVITIS ALLERGIC-. conjunctivitis due to hypersensitivity to various allergens.
- CONJUNCTIVITIS BACTERIAL-. purulent infections of the conjunctiva by several species of gram negative gram positive or acid fast organisms. some of the more commonly found genera causing conjunctival infections are haemophilus streptococcus neisseria and chlamydia.
- CONJUNCTIVITIS INCLUSION-. an infection of the eyes characterized by the presence in conjunctival epithelial cells of inclusion bodies indistinguishable from those of trachoma. it is acquired by infants during birth and by adults from swimming pools. the etiological agent is chlamydia trachomatis whose natural habitat appears to be the genito urinary tract. inclusion conjunctivitis is a less severe disease than trachoma and usually clears up spontaneously.
- CONJUNCTIVITIS VIRAL-. inflammation often mild of the conjunctiva caused by a variety of viral agents. conjunctival involvement may be part of a systemic infection.
Information for Patients
Conjunctivitis is the medical name for pink eye. It involves inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and inside of the eyelid. It can cause swelling, itching, burning, discharge, and redness. Causes include
- Bacterial or viral infection
- Substances that cause irritation
- Contact lens products, eye drops, or eye ointments
Pink eye usually does not affect vision. Infectious pink eye can easily spread from one person to another. The infection will clear in most cases without medical care, but bacterial pink eye needs treatment with antibiotic eye drops or ointment.
NIH: National Eye Institute
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