A Medical Code For Every Condition… Really!
Health providers start today to use the ICD-10, a vast new set of alphanumeric codes for describing diseases and injuries in unprecedented detail.
The Washington Post:
Burned By Flaming Water-Skis? Bitten By A Macaw? There’s A Medical Code For That.
So you've been burned by flaming water skis? Attacked by an orca? Sucked into a jet engine? Try to remember the details for your doctor, because there's now a medical code for your condition. The crazy-sounding diagnostic codes are part of a huge change set to take place Thursday in doctor's offices, hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies and just about every part of the U.S. health system. If things go according to the long-delayed plan, patients shouldn't notice and care shouldn't be affected. (Sun, 9/30)
Kaiser Health News:
Pecked By A Chicken? Sickened By In-Laws? There’s A Code For That
If you're struck by an orca, sucked into a jet engine, or having relationship problems with your in-laws, fear not: Your doctor now has a medical diagnosis code for that. Today U.S. doctors, hospitals and health insurers must start using the ICD-10, a vast new set of alphanumeric codes for describing diseases and injuries in unprecedented detail. The transition, mandated by the federal government, has been called American health care’s Y2K moment, because the codes haven’t been updated in 36 years. Doctors and hospitals are on high alert since the arcane letters and digits are key to how health care providers get paid. If they don’t use the right codes, down to the decimal, they may not be paid sufficiently – or at all. (Feder Ostrov, 10/1)