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The range of categories and diagnostic possibilities is astronomical with the new ICD-10 and its 68,000 codes.
HealthcareDIVE.com has published a humorous piece on 16 absurd uses of ICD-10. Rheumatologists probably won't use any of these codes, but isn't it nice to know they're among the 68,000 code set should you need them? These include:
- V97.33XD: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter.
- W51.XXXA: Accidental striking against or bumped into by another person, sequela.
- V00.01XD: Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with roller-skater, subsequent encounter.
- Y93.D: Activities involved arts and handcrafts.
- 12.Z99.89: Dependence on enabling machines and devices, not elsewhere classified.
- Y92.146: Swimming-pool of prison as the place of occurrence of the external cause.
- S10.87XA: Other superficial bite of other specified part of neck, initial encounter.
- W55.41XA: Bitten by pig, initial encounter.
- W61.62XD: Struck by duck, subsequent encounter.
- Z63.1: Problems in relationship with in-laws.
- W220.2XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.
- Y93.D: V91.07XD: Burn due to water-skis on fire, subsequent encounter.
- W55.29XA: Other contact with cow, subsequent encounter.
- W22.02XD: V95.43XS: Spacecraft collision injuring occupant, sequela.
- W61.12XA: Struck by macaw, initial encounter.
- R46.1: Bizarre personal appearance.
These should ease your coding woes.