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Blog   |   9.9.15

10 of the Most Bizarre ICD-10 Codes

Doctor confused about chart data

The ICD-9 to ICD-10 transition date is looming, and provider offices are cramming to get up to speed on the new code set. It is a struggle because ICD-10 is more complicated and extensive than ICD-9. The number of diagnosis codes in the ICD-10 set is four times larger, about 68,000, up from 14,000 in the ICD-9 set. Moreover, the new codes will require as many as seven characters, up from three or four characters under the existing regimen.

In the midst of this preparation, we thought we’d provide a lighter note of entertainment. After all, the quest to categorize all types of bodily harm into narrow codes, is, in many ways, an absurd one. Read on, to find ten of the most bizarre ICD-10 codes.

1. W55.2: Bitten by a cow

That’s what you get for going out for some late-night cow tipping adventures.

2. W56.22xA: Struck by orca, initial encounter

Sure they look sweet and harmless at Sea World, but “killer whales” have attacked and killed three humans since 1991 and many others have been injured.

3. Y92253: Hurt at the opera

Appropriate for when your eardrums actually burst when the soprano reaches for the high C.

4. Y92.D1: Stabbed while crocheting

When small-talk at your crocheting circle gets heated and someone draws blood, this code has got you covered.

5. V95.40XA: Unspecified spacecraft accident

Sometimes you don’t want to specify the details of your spacecraft accident. *Cough* Elon Musk *Cough* SpaceX.

6. W22.02XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter

In the case that your deluminator stops working (for all of you Harry Potter fans out there), be extra cautious walking around at night when the street lights go out.

7. X52: Prolonged stay in weightless environment

George Clooney used this one a lot while filming Gravity. Spoiler Alert: Sandra Bullock, not so much, because she actually made it back to Earth.

8. A20.0: Bubonic plague

In case you stumble into a time machine and end up in the Late Middle Ages.

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

What better way to spend a family vacation on the lake?

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

Always, always carry garlic with you at all times. You never know when a vampire will strike.

In the case that you experience any of the above, Apixio can help you more productively code these illnesses and others. Schedule a demo to learn more. And look out for our next blog post, next week.

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