Not Valid for Submission
H15.1 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of episcleritis. 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 Episcleritis
Non-specific codes like H15.1 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 episcleritis:
- 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.
Information for Patients
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 pink eye
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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