The switch to the ICD-10 billing system may have been pushed back at least a year by Congress, but MedPage Today still thinks it’s worthwhile to spotlight some of those thousands of new codes that might just be getting a bit too granular.
V80.62XA: Occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with railway train or railway vehicle, initial encounter (Hat tip to reader Debra Fischer for this one.)
There must be a special room for demented bureaucrats selected to produce some of these new – and soon-to-be required – medical codes used by Medicare, Medicaid.
Here are a few more:
V95.42XA: Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, initial encounter
F40.218: Fear of the Easter Bunny
V96.1: Hang-glider accident injuring occupant
W21.11XA: Struck by baseball bat, initial encounter…
V96.03XA: Balloon collision injuring occupant, initial encounter
This last category not so unusual in New Mexico.