2022 ICD-10-CM Code H26.04

Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H26.04
Short Description:Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract
Long Description:Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract

Code Classification

H26.04 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract. 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 Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract

Non-specific codes like H26.04 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 anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.041 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.042 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.043 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.049 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code H26.04 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Cataract

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. It affects your vision. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other. Common symptoms are

Cataracts usually develop slowly. New glasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses can help at first. Surgery is also an option. It involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight may help to delay cataracts.

NIH: National Eye Institute


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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)