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5 October, 2015 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Healthcare
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Whacky ICD-10 Codes

Posted October 5th, 2015 | Author: John G. Self

On Thursday, most of the healthcare provider nation was closely monitoring the first day of the new ICD 10 codes hoping against hope that there was no catastrophe.  With a total of 68,000 codes, versus the 13,000 under the OCD 9 scheme, there is a real opportunity for astute providers to maximize their reimbursement.

icd-10But there are also some ludicrous if not whacky diagnoses about which many are unaware.

Here are my top 10 favorites:

  1. Sucked Into a Jet Engine, Subsequent Encounter.  If you have ever seen video of anyone sucked into a jet engine, you know that there is little chance for a subsequent encounter with a physician, nor a first.
  2. Bitten By a Pig, Initial Encounter — Now I can see that as a possibility…  But, if that happened, would you freely admit that to your physician?
  3. Struck By A Duck, Subsequent Encounter — I know that ducks are mean spirited animals but a subsequent encounter?
  4. Burn Due to Water Skis On Fire, Subsequent Encounter — I hardly know what to say…
  5. Other Contact With A Cow, Subsequent Encounter.  OK, to provide some perspective here, there is a code for bitten by a cow and another for kicked by a cow.  I am just not sure what else the cow can do….
  6. Walked Into a Lamppost, Subsequent Encounter – If this happens to a patient more than once, refer them immediately to an ophthalmologist or a psychiatrist.
  7. Struck by a Macaw, Initial Encounter — The Macaw is an endangered bird so someone should be investigating why the patient got so close.
  8. Bizarre Personal Appearance — All I want to know is who gets to decide?
  9. Swimming Pool of a Prison as the Place of Occurrence of the External Cause — So, if you think that is a little weird, there is another code for Day Spa of Prison as Place of Occurrence.
  10. Spacecraft Collision Injuring Occupant — That there is even a code for this should make some of our brave Astronauts more than a little squeamish.

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