UPDATE:  There will be additional changes to ICD10.  Will these also be part of the idiocy?  In the UK, 13 year olds are asked to identify themselves


Is is me or is the world getting stupider?

This is why your physician madly strikes the keyboard trying to figure out how to justify your visit to the medical insurer.


Ridiculous?  Not so quick…there is more.

Those that address when inanimate objects attack. Twitter user @techydoc pointed out one of the most famous ridiculous ICD-10 codes.  “And, of course, the one mentioned many places, V91.07XA – Burn due to water-skis on fire, initial encounter,” he tweeted. Sisko, in our ICD-10 Watch LinkedIn Group, added Z9989. “This is the very last code in the current ICD-10 list,” he wrote. “Dependence on other enabling machines and devices – like a CrackBerry or smartphone – it is?”

I spend a great deal of time reviewing the incredulous and odd ways that coder writers believe health is classified.  Mind boggling that some people are actually paid large sums of money to come up with such drivel.

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

Sucked into a jet engine, survived, then sucked in again? First of all, that really, really sucks. Second of all, this patient is obviously Wolverine, and should be detained for imaging and posterity.

(Technically, this means “subsequent encounter with a physician” not “subsequent encounter with a jet engine,” but that’s less dramatic.)

Last time this happened, a cleanup crew came into investigate as there was no whole body to be retrieved.