Thursday, October 01, 2015

It's Finally Time For ICD-10 Fun!

Rejoice, fans of medical billing codes. It’s ICD-10 Compliance Day!

As you may know, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will expand the number of medical service codes for doctors and hospitals, from 18,000 in the ICD-9 to more than 140,000 in the ICD-10. Click here for a good background article from The Wall Street Journal. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been counting down to today's launch.

So, today is a perfect time to revisit the Find-A-Code YouTube channel, where you can see a gaggle of semi-wacky video clips illustrating legitimate ICD-10 codes.

I picked out a few choice ones below, including my personal favorite V95.44 ("Spacecraft accident injuring occupant”). And that's only one of an astounding 21 spacecraft-related ICD-10 codes.

Click here to search the database and discover your own lucky code.

P.S. Bonus fun fact: there are 33 separate ICD-10 codes for balloon-related injuries. Read The 16 Most Absurd ICD-10 Codes for some other wacky codes. See how much fun health care bureaucracy can be!

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