2021 ICD-10-CM Code H26.22

Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory)

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H26.22 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory). The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:H26.22
Short Description:Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (inflammatory)
Long Description:Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory)

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (inflammatory)

Non-specific codes like H26.22 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 cataract secondary to ocular disorders (inflammatory):

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.221 for Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory), right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.222 for Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory), left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.223 for Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory), bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.229 for Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory), unspecified eye

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 H26.22:


Code Also

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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 H26.22 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)