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  1. Eliza, settle down. Lol. We all get the need for updating a system. Just expect ALOT of snarkiness over a system that has a specific code for getting sucked into a jet engine. There is an argument for this going overboard just a tad.

  2. I know you’re trying to be funny and snarky … I get that. Coding is a much larger picture than simply giving stupid numbers to diagnoses and procedures. I also have a degree in health information technology that included coding courses. Before I became a nurse I was a coder.

    Coding serves to provide statistical data that is collected … and yes, I’m sure it’s abused and misused and improperly used at times as well as being useful … ICD-9 has needed a LONG overdue update to include many diagnoses that have changed and as more information has been gathered over the years … the US is actually behind the world in the coding arena.

    “The International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) is the U.S. health system’s adaptation of international ICD-9 standard list of six-character alphanumeric codes to describe diagnoses. Standardizing codes improves consistency among physicians in recording patient symptoms and diagnoses for the purposes of payer claims reimbursement and clinical research.”

    “ICD-9, ratified in 1975 at a WHO conference, is the lingua franca upon which a majority of the U.S. healthcare payments system is based. Other code sets such as diagnosis-related groups and specialty-specific languages compose the balance. It is stable, and many standards and practices have developed around it. However, most other countries moved to the more granular and therefore more data-rich ICD-10 when it was released in the 1990s, leaving the U.S. behind as far as research capabilities are concerned.”

    Source: http://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/definition/ICD-9-CM

    Anyway, you might want to research something a bit more before saying how ridiculous it is … just saying. But keep up the great work on your blog — it’s a good one!

    • Haha, hi Ray, I have seen that book! With its big pictures, it looks like a kid’s book, doesn’t it? That would be some scary bedtime reading 🙂 Cheers, FN