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Tip: Assign correct new glaucoma codes

APCs Insider, October 28, 2011

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As part of the final regular update to ICD-9-CM before the transition to ICD-10-CM October 1, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added codes to specify the stage of glaucoma.

These following five codes are completely new and require a fifth digit:

• 365.70, Glaucoma stage, unspecified
• 365.71, Mild stage glaucoma
• 365.72, Moderate stage glaucoma
• 365.73, Severe stage glaucoma
• 365.74, Indeterminate stage glaucoma

Coders may also report the following codes:
• 365.01 Open angle with borderline findings, low risk (retitled)
• 365.05 Open angle with borderline findings, high risk (new)
• 365.06 Primary angle closure without glaucoma damage (new)

The CDC also added a new V code, V19.11 (family history of glaucoma).

The tip is adapted from “Final regular ICD-9-CM code update continues trend of increased specificity” in the October Briefings on APCs.



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