Aug 10, 2015
These new codes set to be implemented on the ICD-10 release date are quite unusual, to say the least.
After being delayed multiple times for a number of years, ICD-10 is finally set to be implemented on October 1 st, 2015. It is the 10th revision of the ICD, a medical classification list created by the World Health Organization (WHO). Upon its release, ICD-10 will allow for 68,000 billing codes (compared to merely 13,000 under ICD-9) and is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA).
While ICD-10 brings a number of much-needed alterations and additions, there are also a number of new codes to be implemented that, to put it lightly, are rather strange. Yes, they describe specific situations that could potentially be very serious, regardless of how unlikely they are to transpire. And while we do recognize the gravity of the codes, it’s certainly ok to poke a little fun at them every now and then. Please note, we are in no way belittling the seriousness of these specific situations, but merely finding the humor in the strangeness of their codes.
That having been said, here are 11 of the most bizarre, atypical, and flat out odd codes that will be put into effect with October’s ICD-10 implementation.
Euphonious ICD-inspired rhyme aside, I can’t help but laugh at this one. Yes, ICD-10 would honestly like to keep track of injuries that come at the hand of ducks. You should always be mindful of what you do (or don’t) feed those guys. But just in case you happen to get on one of their bad sides and end up on the wrong end of a duck attack, have no fear – you’ll have it on record.
This is a real thing. If you end up in the hospital as a result of an incident where you suffer burns due to your water-skis being on fire, you’re either an incredibly good skier, or doing something that’s probably not a very smart idea.
This is one of my personal favorites. Not because being injured by a cow is incredibly outlandish, but because there are also codes for both being bitten by a cow (W55.21) and being struck (kicked) by a cow (W55.22). So, what exactly is other contact with a cow that would result in injury?
Ah, got it.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, the actual code will be the least of your concerns. Nevertheless, V97.33 – Sucked into a jet engine is still a 100% billable code.
Something tells me you won’t see many W56.22’s in the heart of New York City, Orlando or San Diego on the other hand…
Yes this is a real, billable
ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of problems related to the relationship with in-laws. Something tells me this one comes up frequently around the holidays.
Maybe this shouldn’t be all that funny, but I can’t get the image of someone strolling down the street with their head down and walking straight into a lamp post out of my head. I can only imagine how many more of these incidents have occurred since the introduction of cell phones. Thanks a lot, Martin Cooper.
I’m sorry, but what exactly could happen at a library that leads to a hospital visit? Falling books? I mean seriously, if I had to pick a place that would be the least likely location to get injured in some sort of way, a library would definitely be near the top of the list.
See “Y92.241 – Library as the place of occurrence”
Shout-out to Heelys, who somehow convinced someone that their roller shoe was big enough that it deserves its own ICD-10 code.