I posted the other day about health care’s trend to “medicalize” or give everything under the sun a diagnosis.
And every diagnosis has to have a unique “code” that is found in the bible of diagnosis codes, the ICD 9 manual. Without an ICD 9 code, your doctor won’t get paid by your insurance company.
For example, the code for acute appendicitis is 540.
Well, later this year a new code book, the ICD 10, will be published, and the number of diagnoses will explode from 13,000 to 68,000.
In honor of today’s being April Fools’ Day, here are some of the crazier new diagnoses that will be available to your doctors (and no, it’s really not a joke):
- R46.1 Bizarre personal appearance—Lady Gaga, perhaps?
- W61.62XA Struck by duck—Struck how?
- Z63.1 Problems in relationship with in-laws—This is a medical problem now?
- W22.2XD Walked into lamppost, again—Don’t text and walk!
- W55.41XA Bitten by pig—This is the code for the first encounter only; there is a different code if it’s a second (or third) bite.
- V97.33XD Sucked into a jet engine—Would this person even be seeing a physician??
- Y92.250 Injured in an opera house—I must warn my opera-loving friend of potential dangers…
- Y93.D1 Injured when knitting or crocheting—What? Knitting doesn’t get its own code?
- V95.42XA Forced landing of a spacecraft injuring occupant—Like in “Gravity”?
- T71.231D Asphyxiation due to being trapped in a discarded refrigerator, accidental—What if it was on purpose?
Well, I could add to the list for a long, long time.
The ICD 10 was supposed to be published in October 2014, but has been delayed until October 2015.
I imagine there will be a lot of giggling in billing and insurance offices. 😉