2022 ICD-10-CM Code H31.1

Choroidal degeneration

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H31.1
Short Description:Choroidal degeneration
Long Description:Choroidal degeneration

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of choroid and retina (H30-H36)
      • Other disorders of choroid (H31)

H31.1 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of choroidal degeneration. 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 Choroidal degeneration

Non-specific codes like H31.1 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 choroidal degeneration:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H31.10 for Unspecified choroidal degeneration
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.101 for Choroidal degeneration, unspecified, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.102 for Choroidal degeneration, unspecified, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.103 for Choroidal degeneration, unspecified, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.109 for Choroidal degeneration, unspecified, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H31.11 for Age-related choroidal atrophy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.111 for Age-related choroidal atrophy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.112 for Age-related choroidal atrophy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.113 for Age-related choroidal atrophy, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.119 for Age-related choroidal atrophy, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H31.12 for Diffuse secondary atrophy of choroid
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.121 for Diffuse secondary atrophy of choroid, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.122 for Diffuse secondary atrophy of choroid, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.123 for Diffuse secondary atrophy of choroid, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H31.129 for Diffuse secondary atrophy of choroid, 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 H31.1:


Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

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

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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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)