2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H60.9

Unspecified otitis externa

    2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • H60.9 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM H60.9 became effective on October 1, 2018.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of H60.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 H60.9 may differ.
The following code(s) above H60.9 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to H60.9:
  • H60-H95
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range H60-H95

    Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

    Note
    • Use an external cause code following the code for the ear condition, if applicable, to identify the cause of the ear condition
    Type 2 Excludes
    • 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)
    Diseases of the ear and mastoid process
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by inflammation, swelling and redness to the outer ear and ear canal.
  • An acute or chronic inflammatory process involving the skin of the outer ear and the ear canal.
  • Inflammation of the outer ear including the external ear canal, cartilages of the auricle (ear cartilage), and the tympanic membrane.
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to H60.9:
  • Otitis (acute) H66.90
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H66.90

    Otitis media, unspecified, unspecified ear

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To H60.9
H60.60 …… unspecified ear
H60.61 …… right ear
H60.62 …… left ear
H60.63 …… bilateral
H60.8 Other otitis externa
H60.8X Other otitis externa
H60.8X1 …… right ear
H60.8X2 …… left ear
H60.8X3 …… bilateral
H60.8X9 …… unspecified ear
H60.9 Unspecified otitis externa
H60.90 …… unspecified ear
H60.91 …… right ear
H60.92 …… left ear
H60.93 …… bilateral
H61 Other disorders of external ear
H61.0 Chondritis and perichondritis of external ear
H61.00 Unspecified perichondritis of external ear
H61.001 Unspecified perichondritis of right external ear
H61.002 Unspecified perichondritis of left external ear
H61.003 …… bilateral

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.