2021 ICD-10-CM Code H61.0

Chondritis and perichondritis of external ear

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H61.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of chondritis and perichondritis of external ear. 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:H61.0
Short Description:Chondritis and perichondritis of external ear
Long Description:Chondritis and perichondritis of external ear

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Chondritis and perichondritis of external ear

Non-specific codes like H61.0 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 chondritis and perichondritis of external ear:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H61.00 for Unspecified perichondritis of external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.001 for Unspecified perichondritis of right external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.002 for Unspecified perichondritis of left external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.003 for Unspecified perichondritis of external ear, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.009 for Unspecified perichondritis of external ear, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H61.01 for Acute perichondritis of external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.011 for Acute perichondritis of right external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.012 for Acute perichondritis of left external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.013 for Acute perichondritis of external ear, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.019 for Acute perichondritis of external ear, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H61.02 for Chronic perichondritis of external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.021 for Chronic perichondritis of right external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.022 for Chronic perichondritis of left external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.023 for Chronic perichondritis of external ear, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.029 for Chronic perichondritis of external ear, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H61.03 for Chondritis of external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.031 for Chondritis of right external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.032 for Chondritis of left external ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.033 for Chondritis of external ear, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.039 for Chondritis of external ear, unspecified ear

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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Inclusion Terms

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Information for Patients


Ear Disorders

Your ear has three main parts: outer, middle and inner. You use all of them in hearing. Sound waves come in through your outer ear. They reach your middle ear, where they make your eardrum vibrate. The vibrations are transmitted through three tiny bones, called ossicles, in your middle ear. The vibrations travel to your inner ear, a snail-shaped organ. The inner ear makes the nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. Your brain recognizes them as sounds. The inner ear also controls balance.

A variety of conditions may affect your hearing or balance:

Some ear disorders can result in hearing disorders and deafness.


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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)