Concerned about your Water Skis catching on fire? – No worries, there’s a code for that!

Welcome to the world of the ICD-10’s!  If you practice medicine and don’t know what I am talking about, you might want to figure out fast.  Physicians in America only have until October 1st to switch over to the new medical billing code system.

This is going to be a monumental change to the way that physicians bill insurance, going from 13,000 potential diagnoses to almost 70,000 means you get to be pretty darn descriptive in what your services were for.  Assuredly there is going to be some good to come out of this, but there is also a certainty that this new system is going to cause some serious headaches (and monetary cost to the practice – see the AMA’s article ICD-10 Cost Estimates Increased for Most Physicians)

But fear not physicians, when those dastardly, absurd, and nearly impossible diagnosis come walking through your door – we’ve got you covered.  Here are the top 10 specific and important diagnosis codes you will need to know.  I know, I know, but you don’t have me to thank – let your praise go to your state senators and house representatives.  This is just another example of how thoughtful our leaders really are:

10. – V80.730A   Animal-rider injured in collision with trolley
(Do we really need to be this specific?  I mean, I understand tracking issues, but I think you’ve got a better chance of getting hit by lightning (for which there is also a code).

9. – Z63.1   Problems with the in-laws
(I think someone was having a bad day at the code writing office)

8. – X52    Prolonged stay in weightless environment
(Ok this one I know only applies to, maybe 10 Americans a year… unless they know something we don’t…hmm)

7. –  V95.4  Spacecraft accident resulting in injury to occupant
(Seriously?  There are 17 related codes ranging from fire aboard the spacecraft to forced landings… see comments above)

6. – W56.22XA   Struck by orca, initial encounter
(Wait a minute… are MD’s now authorized to work on seals?   You never know when it could come in handy)

5. – W22.02XD   Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter
(Texting and walking,… it can wait)

4. –  V97.33XD   Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter
(Yeah, I get the feeling your gonna need to see this guy several subsequent times – if he is alive)

3. –  T71.231D   Asphyxiation due to being trapped in a discarded refrigerator, accidental
(Hmm, this is probably for those people trying to hide from their in-laws…)

2. – T63.442    Toxic effect of venom of bees, intentional self-harm
(Back to the question of – how often does this happen?)

1. – V91.07XA   Burn due to water skis on fire, initial encounter
(Well, I’m glad its there.  I was planning on skiing in the ocean in Hawaii, but I think instead hitch a ride to the top of the volcano and see how it goes from there. Why not?  It’s covered!)

If you think are like us and think that much of this is in excess and a waste of time and resources, just remember that if pro is the opposite of con, then the opposite of progress has to be …

Thanks and let us know of your favorite ICD-10’s below.

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