Valid for Submission
H81.10 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of benign paroxysmal vertigo, unspecified ear. The code H81.10 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 H81.10 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo nystagmus, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or nystagmus, benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood, benign recurrent vertigo , chronic vertigo, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like H81.10 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 code H81.10 is linked to some Quality Measures as part of Medicare's Quality Payment Program (QPP). When this code is used as part of a patient's medical record the following Quality Measures might apply: Referral For Otologic Evaluation For Patients With Acute Or Chronic Dizziness.
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo nystagmus
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or nystagmus
- Benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood
- Benign recurrent vertigo
- Chronic vertigo
- Chronic vertigo
- Horizontal vertigo
- Intermittent vertigo
- Jerk nystagmus
- Migrainous vertigo
- Paroxysmal vertigo
- Peripheral positional vertigo
- Peripheral vestibular nystagmus
- Positional vertigo
- Vertical vertigo
- Vertigo produced by neck hyperextension
Convert H81.10 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code H81.10 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.
Quality Payment Program Measures
When code H81.10 is part of the patient's diagnoses the following Quality Measures apply and affect reimbursement. The objective of Medicare's Quality Measures is to improve patient care by making it more: effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered and equitable.
|Quality Measure||Description||Quality Domain||Measure Type||High Priority||Submission Methods|
|Referral for Otologic Evaluation for Patients with Acute or Chronic Dizziness||Percentage of patients aged birth and older referred to a physician (preferably a physician specially trained in disorders of the ear) for an otologic evaluation subsequent to an audiologic evaluation after presenting with acute or chronic dizziness.||Communication and Care Coordination||Process||YES||Claims, Registry|
Information for Patients
Dizziness and Vertigo
When you're dizzy, you may feel lightheaded, woozy, or disoriented. If you feel like you or the room are spinning, you have vertigo. These feelings may make you lose your balance.
Dizziness can have many different causes. A sudden drop in blood pressure or being dehydrated can make you dizzy. Many people feel lightheaded if they get up too quickly from sitting or lying down. Certain medicines and problems with your inner ear may cause dizziness. So can motion sickness. Sometimes dizziness can be a symptom of other disorders.
As people get older, they may have more health problems and take more medicines. This makes them more likely to have problems with dizziness and balance.
Dizziness usually gets better by itself or is easily treated. If you are dizzy often, you should see your health care provider to find the cause.
NIH: National Institutes of Health
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