ICD-10 Follies — Injured in an Opera House?

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It is 208 days before the move to ICD-10 becomes a must-do. Lest the deadline slip your mind, MedPage Today is spotlighting some of those thousands of new codes that might just be getting a bit too granular.

Today’s code:

Y92.253: Opera house as the place of occurrence of the external cause (This is one gem from a laundry list of odd places where one can be hurt, including an art gallery.)

Other “Follies”

X52: Prolonged stay in weightless environment

V98.2XXA: Accident to, on, or involving ice yacht, initial encounter

W30.3XXA: Contact with grain storage elevator, initial encounter

W21.04: Struck by golf ball

W56.21xD: Bitten by orca, subsequent encounter

Z62.891: Sibling rivalry

V97.33XD: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter

W61.92: Struck by other birds

Z63.1: Problems in relationship with in-laws

W45.8XXA: Other foreign body or object entering through skin, initial encounter

V52.2XXA: Person on outside of pick-up truck or van injured in collision with two- or three-wheeled motor vehicle in nontraffic accident, initial encounter

V00.32: Snow-ski accident

X92.0: Assault by drowning and submersion while in bathtub

W00.1: Fall from stairs and steps due to ice and snow

Sit back, my friends and reflect upon how much of America’s modern legislative system exists only to provide full employment for lawyers. Not the best ones, either.