AUG 10, 2016
ICD-10 Diabetes Codes Without Ocular Complications
Question: There is no code for diabetes type 1 or type 2 that includes "without ocular complications" (i.e., no diabetic retinopathy). The only available codes are E10.9 or E11.9, which do not seem correct. What diagnosis code should we submit when the patient has no ocular complications?
Answer: You are correct that there is no specific code for “without ocular complications.” The best code to use in this case is either E10.9 or E11.9. These codes are appropriate because the taxonomy code included in the claim indicates the physician specialty. As ICD-10 evolves, we may see more specific codes in the future.