ICD-10-CM Code H66

Suppurative and unspecified otitis media

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H66 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of suppurative and unspecified otitis media. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H66
Short Description:Suppurative and unspecified otitis media
Long Description:Suppurative and unspecified otitis media

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • H66.0 - Acute suppurative otitis media
  • H66.00 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum
  • H66.001 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum, right ear
  • H66.002 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum, left ear
  • H66.003 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum, bilateral
  • H66.004 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum, recurrent, right ear
  • H66.005 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum, recurrent, left ear
  • H66.006 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum, recurrent, bilateral
  • H66.007 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum, recurrent, unspecified ear
  • H66.009 - Acute suppurative otitis media without spontaneous rupture of ear drum, unspecified ear
  • H66.01 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum
  • H66.011 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum, right ear
  • H66.012 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum, left ear
  • H66.013 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum, bilateral
  • H66.014 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum, recurrent, right ear
  • H66.015 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum, recurrent, left ear
  • H66.016 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum, recurrent, bilateral
  • H66.017 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum, recurrent, unspecified ear
  • H66.019 - Acute suppurative otitis media with spontaneous rupture of ear drum, unspecified ear
  • H66.1 - Chronic tubotympanic suppurative otitis media
  • H66.10 - Chronic tubotympanic suppurative otitis media, unspecified
  • H66.11 - Chronic tubotympanic suppurative otitis media, right ear
  • H66.12 - Chronic tubotympanic suppurative otitis media, left ear
  • H66.13 - Chronic tubotympanic suppurative otitis media, bilateral
  • H66.2 - Chronic atticoantral suppurative otitis media
  • H66.20 - Chronic atticoantral suppurative otitis media, unspecified ear
  • H66.21 - Chronic atticoantral suppurative otitis media, right ear
  • H66.22 - Chronic atticoantral suppurative otitis media, left ear
  • H66.23 - Chronic atticoantral suppurative otitis media, bilateral
  • H66.3 - Other chronic suppurative otitis media
  • H66.3X - Other chronic suppurative otitis media
  • H66.3X1 - Other chronic suppurative otitis media, right ear
  • H66.3X2 - Other chronic suppurative otitis media, left ear
  • H66.3X3 - Other chronic suppurative otitis media, bilateral
  • H66.3X9 - Other chronic suppurative otitis media, unspecified ear
  • H66.4 - Suppurative otitis media, unspecified
  • H66.40 - Suppurative otitis media, unspecified, unspecified ear
  • H66.41 - Suppurative otitis media, unspecified, right ear
  • H66.42 - Suppurative otitis media, unspecified, left ear
  • H66.43 - Suppurative otitis media, unspecified, bilateral
  • H66.9 - Otitis media, unspecified
  • H66.90 - Otitis media, unspecified, unspecified ear
  • H66.91 - Otitis media, unspecified, right ear
  • H66.92 - Otitis media, unspecified, left ear
  • H66.93 - Otitis media, unspecified, bilateral

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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H66:

Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
  • suppurative and unspecified otitis media with myringitis

Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.
  • code to identify:
  • exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Z77.22
  • exposure to tobacco smoke in the perinatal period P96.81
  • history of tobacco dependence Z87.891
  • occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Z57.31
  • tobacco dependence F17
  • tobacco use Z72.0

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of middle ear and mastoid (H65-H75)
      • Suppurative and unspecified otitis media (H66)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Ear Infections

Also called: Otitis media

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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