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Code: H67.9
Code Name: ICD-10 Code for Otitis media in diseases classified elsewhere, unspecified ear
Block: Diseases of middle ear and mastoid (H65-H75)
Details: Otitis media in diseases classified elsewhere, unspecified ear
H67
Code first underlying disease, such as:viral disease NEC (B00-B34)
Use additional code for any associated perforated tympanic membrane (H72.-)
Excludes1: otitis media in:influenza (J09.X9, J10.83, J11.83)
measles (B05.3)
scarlet fever (A38.0)
tuberculosis (A18.6)
Guidelines: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60-H95)
Excludes 2: certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
neoplasms (C00-D49)
symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
Note: Use an external cause code following the code for the ear condition, if applicable, to identify the cause of the ear condition
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tina49ers80

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How are you billing the diagnosis for Otitis Media - Resolved? The patient has no other symptoms to code. The only ICD10 code that seems appropriate is Z09, however insurance companies are denying the office visit when that code is the only one used. Any suggestions?
 

ehanna

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How are you billing the diagnosis for Otitis Media - Resolved? The patient has no other symptoms to code. The only ICD10 code that seems appropriate is Z09, however insurance companies are denying the office visit when that code is the only one used. Any suggestions?

What about leading with a follow up Z code and then the OM? Z09 = Encounter for follow up exam after completed treatment for conditions other than malignant neoplasm.

Just a thought. Good luck :)
 

ehanna

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What about leading with a follow up Z code and then the OM? Z09 = Encounter for follow up exam after completed treatment for conditions other than malignant neoplasm.

Just a thought. Good luck :)
Or leading with the OM and then the follow up Z code :)
 

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Z09 is correct and you would not code for a condition that no longer exists. The question is was this a follow up exam or was it an exam for otitis media? If the patient had otitis media and returned for a recheck then it was not known to have resolved at the time of the encounter so code only the Otitis media. If however it was known to have resolved and this is a follow up visit to be sure there are no issues then the Z09 is correct. Coding clinics have visited this issue many times and have applied this logic for infection recheck encounters.
 

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Thank you both for this information. The visit is for a recheck/follow up and it has been determined that the ear infection is no longer present. My thoughts were to use both the ICD10 code for OM & the Z09, which would clarify that it has now resolved. But, since the OM has resolved that diagnosis really shouldn't be coded. Not sure why the insurance companies will not pay for the visit with just the Z09. Thank you again!!
 

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Z09 is correct and you would not code for a condition that no longer exists. The question is was this a follow up exam or was it an exam for otitis media? If the patient had otitis media and returned for a recheck then it was not known to have resolved at the time of the encounter so code only the Otitis media. If however it was known to have resolved and this is a follow up visit to be sure there are no issues then the Z09 is correct. Coding clinics have visited this issue many times and have applied this logic for infection recheck encounters.

thank you for this - very helpful!
 
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