2022 ICD-10-CM Code H73.0

Acute myringitis

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H73.0
Short Description:Acute myringitis
Long Description:Acute myringitis

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of middle ear and mastoid (H65-H75)
      • Other disorders of tympanic membrane (H73)

H73.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute myringitis. 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 Acute myringitis

Non-specific codes like H73.0 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 acute myringitis:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H73.00 for Unspecified acute myringitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.001 for Acute myringitis, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.002 for Acute myringitis, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.003 for Acute myringitis, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.009 for Acute myringitis, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H73.01 for Bullous myringitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.011 for Bullous myringitis, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.012 for Bullous myringitis, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.013 for Bullous myringitis, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.019 for Bullous myringitis, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H73.09 for Other acute myringitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.091 for Other acute myringitis, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.092 for Other acute myringitis, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.093 for Other acute myringitis, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H73.099 for Other acute myringitis, unspecified ear

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 H73.0:


Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

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)