Skip to main content

Nutty Thanksgiving ICD-10 Codes

Ahhh, the things doctors have to go through to get paid by insurance companies and Medicare. Every patient encounter has to have a diagnosis code for each problem or procedure.  The book of codes is larger than a huge phonebook. ( Note:  I do understand that readers under age 30 may not have ever seen a phonebook but use your imagination - it's thick and big)

Here are a few of the wacky codes we are required to use for these conditions. Please don't ask me who thought these up:

W61.43 - Pecked by a turkey.  (Who knew they were so dangerous?  Another reason to go Vegan?)
W60.0   - Contact with sharp leaves. (That leaf pile will decompose naturally so be safe. No need to rake)
Y92.72  - Place of occurrence-chicken coop. (Yes we also have to show where the injury occurred)
Y91.71  - Place of occurrence- barn.  (Please make it stop...)
Z63.1    - Problems in relationships with in-laws (This will be a common one this season)
Y93.E2 - Injury due to activity-laundry (Women, protect yourselves. Leave it alone)
W29.1   - Contact with electric knife (Oops)

And finally for after the meal: 
R14.1   - Gas Pain,   (followed byR-14.3 - Flatulence (accompanied by) K-30 -indigestion (and)
R-12    -  Heartburn

For Black Friday we have a code also:
W-52  -  Crushed, pushed or stepped on by crowd. (Amazon by mail anyone?)

For the Doctors and other providers of care during the holiday season there is a special code:
Z-56.6 -   Mental and Physical stress related to work.

Please forgive your Doctor for being hunched over her computer.  She has to remember or look up all of these codes.

hat tip to MedScape for the wacky codes.


Popular posts from this blog

scintillating scotoma

Nothing like experiencing a medical condition first-hand to really help a doctor understand it from the patient's point of view.  After all these years, I had my first (and hopefully last) scintillating scotoma while sitting on the couch playing "words with friends" on my ipad and watching TV.  A scotoma is a partial loss of vision in a normal visual field.  Scintillate is flashing, sparkles.  Put them together and you have moving, flashing sparkles with a blind spot in your eyes.

This visual aura was first described in the 19th century  by a Dr. Hubert Airy who had migraine headaches.  The visual sparks and flashes are in a zig-zag pattern and they can precede a migraine headache or occur without any pain.   The scotoma affects both eyes and closing one or the other does not make it go away.  Sometimes the term "ocular migraine" or "retinal migraine"  are used to describe this phenomenon but these involve only one eye, not both.  The terms are often …

Do Doctors Make Too Much Money?

An article in theNew York Times says the reason health care costs are so high in the United States is because doctors are paid too much. I saw that and my eyes bugged out. I just came home from a meeting with physicians and hospital administrators and the entire meeting was spent discussing the financial challenges physicians face in keeping their doors open to see patients. The goal of this meeting was to keep health services in that community so patients will have someone to care for them. Not a person in the room would agree that the doctors earn too much.

Physicians paid too much? Lets break that down. A doctor spends a minimum of 11 years in education and training after the age of 18. Many are in training for 15 or more years. They are living on student loans and contributing zero to their family's income until the residency years. At that time they earn less than minimum wage if you factor in the 80-100 hour workweek. When a doctor emerges from training (and believe me…