Top 80 Wackiest ICD-10 Codes

September 30, 2015
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The U.S. healthcare system needs an overhaul. I don’t know of anyone who would disagree with me. Beginning tomorrow, October 1st health providers will transition to a new clinical documentation system called ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases) to document a provider’s encounter with a patient. The previous system, ICD-9 lacked the level of specificity needed to adequately describe a patient’s medical issue. Leave it to the government to make things more complicated. ICD-10 has 68,000 procedure codes, as opposed to the 13,000 in ICD-9.

 

The U.S. healthcare system needs an overhaul. I don’t know of anyone who would disagree with me. Beginning tomorrow, October 1st health providers will transition to a new clinical documentation system called ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases) to document a provider’s encounter with a patient. The previous system, ICD-9 lacked the level of specificity needed to adequately describe a patient’s medical issue. Leave it to the government to make things more complicated. ICD-10 has 68,000 procedure codes, as opposed to the 13,000 in ICD-9.

Below you’ll find 80 of the craziest codes created for ICD-10. Look closely at them to make sure you absorb the level of absurdity with their description. Case in point, consider this code: “V97.33XD Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter”. This means someone has been sucked into a jet engine TWICE! Will wonders ever cease? Enjoy reading the list.

R14.3 Flatulence causing injury

G4482 Or a headache associated with sexual activity

V97.33XD Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter

V91.07XA Burn due to water-skis on fire, initial encounter

W61.62XD Struck by duck, subsequent encounterduck

W22.02XD Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter

V0490XA Hit by a Mack Truck

Z631 Problems in relationship with in-laws

V00.15 Heelys accident roller shoes

W22.01XA Walked into wall, initial encounter

R46.1 Bizarre personal appearance

Z621 Parental overprotection

V95.41XA Spacecraft crash injuring occupant, initial encounter

W56.22xA Struck by orca, initial encounter

V96.00XS Unspecified balloon accident injuring occupant, sequelawater-splash-23798__180

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T63.442S Toxic effect of venom of bees, intentional self-harm, sequela

X52 Prolonged stay in weightless environment

Z73.1 Type A behavior pattern

W49.01XA Hair causing external constriction, initial encounter

Z62.891 Sibling Rivalry

Y93.E4 Activity, ironing

S30.867A Insect bite (nonvenomous) of anus, initial encounter

W27.4XXD Contact with kitchen utensil, subsequent encounter

W50.2 Accidental twist by another person

T505x6A Under-dosing of appetite depressants, initial encounter

W60.XXXS Contact with Sharp Leaves

R46.0 Very low level of personal hygiene

Y92.146 Swimming-pool of prison as the place of occurrence of the external cause

S10.87XA Other superficial bite of other specified part of neck, initial encounter

W55.41XA Bitten by pig, initial encounter

Y34 Unspecified event, undetermined intent

Y93.D Activities involved arts and handcrafts

V00.01XD Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with roller-skater, subsequent encounter

W61.12XA Struck by macaw, initial encounter2689844157_d13751baa9_m

W.56.52 Struck by other fish

W59.21 Bitten by turtle

W58.11 Bitten by crocodile

Y93.D1 Knitting and crocheting

Y92.146 Swimming-pool of prison as the place of occurrence of the external cause

Y92.250 Art gallery as the place of occurrence of the external cause

V80.2 Occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with pedestrian or animal

Y92.253 Opera house as the place of occurrence of the external cause

V61.6XXD Passenger in heavy transport vehicle injured in collision with pedal cycle in traffic

Z73.4 Inadequate social skills, not elsewhere classified

V61.6xxD Passenger in heavy transport vehicle injured in collision with pedal cycle in traffic

W5611XD Bitten by sea lion

Z89.419 Acquired absence of unspecified great toe

V9135XA Hit or struck by falling object due to accident to canoe or kayak

Y92241 Hurt at the library

Y92146 Hurt at swimming pool of prison as the place of occurrence

W55.21XA Bitten by a cow, initial encounter

Y92.024 Injured in the driveway of a mobile home

Y92.72 Injured in a chicken coop

W5609XA Other contact with dolphin, initial encounter

W51.XXXA Accidental striking against or bumped into by another person, initial encounter

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V0001XD Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with roller-skater, subsequent encounter

V94810 Civilian watercraft involved in water transport accident with military watercraft

W56.09XA Struck by sea lion

W2202XA Hurt walking into a lamppost

W6133XA Being pecked by chickenchicken peck

R46.1 Bizarre personal appearance initial encounter

V91.34 Hit or struck by falling object due to accident to sailboat

W04 Fall while being carried or supported by other persons

Y92.142 Bathroom in prison as place

W55.52 Struck by raccoon

Y92.022 Bathroom in mobile home as place

Z65.2 Problems related to release from prison

W5803XA Crushed by alligator, initial encounter

W54.1XXS Struck by dog, sequela

S1087XA Other superficial bite of other specified part of neck, initial encounter.

Y92.010 Kitchen of single-family (private) house as place

V95.44XA Spacecraft fire injuring occupant, initial encounter

95.42 Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant

W21.11XA Struck by baseball bat, initial encounter

A281 Or cat scratch disease

W16.222D Fall in (into) bucket of water causing other injury, subsequent encounter

Y92.131 Mess hall on military base as the place of occurrence of the external cause

Y92.834 Zoological garden (Zoo) as the place of occurrence of the external cause

Y92.311 Squash court as the place of occurrence of the external cause

W61.02 Struck by parrot

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