Valid for Submission
H44.003 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified purulent endophthalmitis, bilateral. The code H44.003 is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code H44.003 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acute endophthalmitis, acute endophthalmitis of left eye, acute endophthalmitis of right eye, bilateral acute endophthalmitis of eyes, bilateral endophthalmitis of eyes , endophthalmitis of left eye, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like H44.003 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Acute endophthalmitis
- Acute endophthalmitis of left eye
- Acute endophthalmitis of right eye
- Bilateral acute endophthalmitis of eyes
- Bilateral endophthalmitis of eyes
- Endophthalmitis of left eye
- Endophthalmitis of right eye
- Infection of bilateral eyes
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
|MS-DRG||MS-DRG Title||MCD||Relative Weight|
|121||ACUTE MAJOR EYE INFECTIONS WITH CC/MCC||02||1.1887|
|122||ACUTE MAJOR EYE INFECTIONS WITHOUT CC/MCC||02||0.6438|
The relative weight of a diagnostic related group determines the reimbursement rate based on the severity of a patient's illness and the associated cost of care during hospitalization.
Convert H44.003 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code H44.003 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
Information for Patients
Your eyes can get infections from bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Eye infections can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both. Two common eye infections are
- Conjunctivitis - also known as pink eye. Conjunctivitis is often due to an infection. Children frequently get it, and it is very contagious.
- Stye - a bump on the eyelid that happens when bacteria from your skin get into the hair follicle of an eyelash.
Symptoms of eye infections may include redness, itching, swelling, discharge, pain, or problems with vision. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include compresses, eye drops, creams, or antibiotics.
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