ICD-10-CM Code H15.1


Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H15.1 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of episcleritis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Episcleritis
Long Description:Episcleritis

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • H15.10 - Unspecified episcleritis
  • H15.101 - Unspecified episcleritis, right eye
  • H15.102 - Unspecified episcleritis, left eye
  • H15.103 - Unspecified episcleritis, bilateral
  • H15.109 - Unspecified episcleritis, unspecified eye
  • H15.11 - Episcleritis periodica fugax
  • H15.111 - Episcleritis periodica fugax, right eye
  • H15.112 - Episcleritis periodica fugax, left eye
  • H15.113 - Episcleritis periodica fugax, bilateral
  • H15.119 - Episcleritis periodica fugax, unspecified eye
  • H15.12 - Nodular episcleritis
  • H15.121 - Nodular episcleritis, right eye
  • H15.122 - Nodular episcleritis, left eye
  • H15.123 - Nodular episcleritis, bilateral
  • H15.129 - Nodular episcleritis, unspecified eye

Clinical Information

  • SCLERITIS-. refers to any inflammation of the sclera including episcleritis a benign condition affecting only the episclera which is generally short lived and easily treated. classic scleritis on the other hand affects deeper tissue and is characterized by higher rates of visual acuity loss and even mortality particularly in necrotizing form. its characteristic symptom is severe and general head pain. scleritis has also been associated with systemic collagen disease. etiology is unknown but is thought to involve a local immune response. treatment is difficult and includes administration of anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive agents such as corticosteroids. inflammation of the sclera may also be secondary to inflammation of adjacent tissues such as the conjunctiva.

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of sclera, cornea, iris and ciliary body (H15-H22)
      • Disorders of sclera (H15)

Code History

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

Information for Patients

Eye Diseases

Some eye problems are minor and don't last long. But some can lead to a permanent loss of vision.

Common eye problems include

  • Refractive errors
  • Cataracts - clouded lenses
  • Optic nerve disorders, including glaucoma
  • Retinal disorders - problems with the nerve layer at the back of the eye
  • Macular degeneration - a disease that destroys sharp, central vision
  • Diabetic eye problems
  • Conjunctivitis - an infection also known as pinkeye

Your best defense is to have regular checkups, because eye diseases do not always have symptoms. Early detection and treatment could prevent vision loss. See an eye care professional right away if you have a sudden change in vision, if everything looks dim, or if you see flashes of light. Other symptoms that need quick attention are pain, double vision, fluid coming from the eye, and inflammation.

NIH: National Eye Institute

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