10 most outlandish kinds of ICD-10 codes
Although the debate over the delay of ICD-10 has been heated, if there’s one thing both sides can agree on, it’s the sometimes-hilarous specificity of some of the new ICD-10 codes.
That’s why we asked our readers, tweeters and LinkedIn users to weigh in on some of the most ridiculous codes they know of. They outlined 10 of the most outlandish types of ICD-10 codes.
1. Those that happen up in the air. Both Brad Justus, account executive and blogger at Brad Justus Blog, and Twitter user @PeterNGilbert thought of code V9542XA: Spacecraft crash injuring occupant, initial encounter. “Predicting increase in backyard space flights after the NASA shut down?” added Justus. Twitter user @techydoc added code V96.00XS, which outlines an “unspecified balloon accident injuring occupant, sequela,” while Scott Lucado, a member of the LinkedIn Group ICD-10 Watch, added code X52: Prolonged stay in weightless environment. “I could actually use some weightlessness myself,” he said.
2. Those addressing your favorite feline. Steve Sisko, blogger at ICD-10 Impact to Health Care Payers & Providers, commented on our LinkedIn ICD-10 Watch Group, pointing out code A281, or cat scratch disease (also known as cat scratch fever). “A la Ted Nugent – ‘I went to see the doctor and he gave me the cure,’” he added.
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