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    20 bizarre new ICD-10 codes

    Here are some of the more unusual ICD-10 codes coming to practices Oct. 1, based on where they occur: land, sea, or air

     

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    The ICD-10 code set, scheduled to go live on Oct. 1, 2015, brings with it thousands of new codes for medical practices nationwide. And while some will be familiar to their ICD-9 predecessors, others are a bit peculiar.

     

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    Here's a list of some of the more unusual ICD-10 codes coming to medical practices, based on where they occur: land, sea or air.  

     

     

     

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    • Anonymous
      They aren't that bizarre! I had a patient who lost a nipple when she was bitten by an otter while volunteering at a sea mammal rehab center, a patient who needed a skin graft following a horse bite, and I need a knee replacement due to an old injury from a collision with an excited puppy. With modern code look up software, it's not such a horrible burden to provide the information.
    • Anonymous
      Hi!: may I suggest adding: 'Abduction by aliens', and: 'Abduction by aliens with medical procedure', to the ICD-10 codes list? At least, a site as www.stopabductions.com offers detailed information about the subject. Regards, + salut
    • Dr. Gina French
      It is all fun and games to search out the weird codes. I enjoy the humor at least as much as anyone. (Although only city slickers would think that being injured by being bitten by a cow or pecked by a chicken is all that weird). However there are some real oddities in the coding that affect us daily, and would be nice to work on. You need to know which eye was allergic in conjunctivitis? really? More concerning for the actual purpose of such coding (monitoring population health and safety) all of the immunizations now share one ICD-10 code, but we care which phalanx of which toe was injured when stepped on by what color of horse?
    • Dr. Gina French
      It is all fun and games to search out the weird codes. I enjoy the humor at least as much as anyone. (Although only city slickers would think that being injured by being bitten by a cow or pecked by a chicken is all that weird). However there are some real oddities in the coding that affect us daily, and would be nice to work on. You need to know which eye was allergic in conjunctivitis? really? More concerning for the actual purpose of such coding (monitoring population health and safety) all of the immunizations now share one ICD-10 code, but we care which phalanx of which toe was injured when stepped on by what color of horse?
    • Dr. Wiliam J. Terry
      I was flying back from Washington after an ICD-10 meeting looking out the window at the beautiful blue sky with those soft white puffy clouds and realized a terrible problem. There was not a code for falling out of an airplane. The 7th digit of the code could be with or without clouds to buffer your fall. And of course there needs to be a falling out of the airplane 2nd time.
    • CAROLJMITCHELL
      Heyyy - the middle image in #10 "struck by marine mammals" appears to be a great white shark, indeed from the notch in the fin it appears to be Twitter's own marvelous @MaryLeeShark (see also @OCEARCH ). Sharks are not "marine mammals" - it is a) the wrong code and b) probably insulting to Mary Lee Shark and her friends!
    • PETERBMALENCH
      I sure hope ICD 10 never comes to pass with how ridiculous they have made it. Seems designed for only one purpose: to deny payments. Time to retire?
    • PETERBMALENCH
      I sure hope ICD 10 never comes to pass with how ridiculous they have made it. Seems designed for only one purpose: to deny payments. Time to retire?
    • Anonymous
      The only thing more ridiculous than having to pick a code for a water ski catching fire, is knowing that there is some one out there that thinks this is important.

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