ICD-10 Updates October 1, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released proposed ICD-10 changes for later this year. Unlike CPT changes, which typically occur in January, diagnosis code additions, deletions, and edits occur on October 1. The final changes will be posted on the CDC website in June.

A review of proposed changes affecting ophthalmology includes:

  • Diabetic eye disease in the E10 and E11 series will be specific to which eye
  • Primary open angle glaucoma, H40 series, will be specific to which eye
  • Several updates to the H35 series for AMD with eye specificity and more disease detail
  • Updates to CRVO and BRVO codes, H34 series

The addition of laterality coding to diabetic eye disease, POAG and AMD are particularly welcome. This corrects an irritating flaw in the coding system.

Once the update is finalized, we will prepare a comprehensive list of edits, additions, and deletions. We expect publishers to have new books available for purchase around August as they usually do.

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