ICD-10-CM Code H60.399

Other infective otitis externa, unspecified ear

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

H60.399 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other infective otitis externa, unspecified ear. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code H60.399 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acute bacterial otitis externa, acute infection of pinna, acute infective otitis externa, acute infective otitis externa, acute viral otitis externa, bacterial otitis externa, etc

ICD-10:H60.399
Short Description:Other infective otitis externa, unspecified ear
Long Description:Other infective otitis externa, unspecified ear

Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Acute bacterial otitis externa
  • Acute infection of pinna
  • Acute infective otitis externa
  • Acute infective otitis externa
  • Acute viral otitis externa
  • Bacterial otitis externa
  • Bacterial otitis media
  • Chronic bacterial otitis externa
  • Chronic infective otitis externa
  • Chronic mycotic otitis externa
  • Chronic mycotic otitis externa
  • Chronic otitis externa due to aspergillosis
  • Chronic viral otitis externa
  • Circumscribed otitis externa
  • Infection of external auditory canal
  • Infection of external ear
  • Infective otitis externa
  • Infective otitis externa due to erysipelas
  • Infective otitis externa due to impetigo

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code H60.399 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2020.

  • 154 - OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITH MCC
  • 155 - OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITH CC
  • 156 - OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert H60.399 to ICD-9

  • 380.10 - Infec otitis externa NOS (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of external ear (H60-H62)
      • Otitis externa (H60)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Ear Infections

Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. Three out of four children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. Adults can also get ear infections, but they are less common.

The infection usually affects the middle ear and is called otitis media. The tubes inside the ears become clogged with fluid and mucus. This can affect hearing, because sound cannot get through all that fluid.

If your child isn't old enough to say "My ear hurts," here are a few things to look for

  • Tugging at ears
  • Crying more than usual
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Balance difficulties
  • Hearing problems

Your health care provider will diagnose an ear infection by looking inside the ear with an instrument called an otoscope.

Often, ear infections go away on their own. Your health care provider may recommend pain relievers. Severe infections and infections in young babies may require antibiotics.

Children who get infections often may need surgery to place small tubes inside their ears. The tubes relieve pressure in the ears so that the child can hear again.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders


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