Skip to comments.ICD10 and turtles: but where are the White Rabbits?
Posted on 03/24/2012 7:56:35 AM PDT by DManA
Here is an example of the new ICD10 coding system required by HHS. The ICD-10 codes contain more than 155,000 codes and can describe far more diagnoses and procedures than the ICD-9 series, which contain about 17,000 codes. Coding things at this level whether a patient was struck by a turtle or bitten by a turtle is supposed to improve our understanding of health. This is not a joke:
W59.2 Contact with turtles W59.21Bitten by turtle is a specific ICD-10-CM diagnosis code
W59.21XA initial encounter W59.21XD subsequent encounter W59.21XS sequela
W59.22Struck by turtle W59.22XA initial encounter W59.22XD subsequent encounter W59.22XS sequela
W59.29 Other contact with turtle W59.29XA initial encounter W59.29XD subsequent encounter W59.29XS sequela
and, of course, the huge health issue of being crushed by non-venomous reptiles:
W59.83 Crushed by other nonvenomous reptiles W59.83XA initial encounter W59.83XD subsequent encounter W59.83XS sequela
From Modern Health Care:
One 2003 study they cited, by consulting firm Robert E. Nolan Co. for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, estimated the implementation cost for the conversion to ICD-10 will run from $5.5 billion to $13.5 billion with additional productivity losses of $752 million to nearly $1.4 billion for hospitals and physician practices. The Nolan study did not count the impact on nursing homes, clinical laboratories, durable medical-equipment suppliers, claims clearinghouses, small and midsize payers and third-party administrators.
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More trivial minutia for policy wonks to devour, analyze and legislate. Bah.
It's just more ways for TPTB to terrorize doctors into doing their bidding. No matter how careful, it'll now be just about impossible for doctors in private practice to not make coding errors.
Trust me if Obamacare gets implemented each of these thousands of ICD-10 codes will have treatment protocols designed by bureaucrats including provisions that certain patients, especially the very young and the elderly, will get no treatment for their turtle bites or anything else.
There was a story posted here a few months ago about a man beating a woman with a frozen armadillo.
What would be the code for that?
W20.13BO - Initial Encounter - F****** in the A$$ by the President's Health Care System
W20.14BO - Subsequent Encounter - F****** in the A$$ by the President's Health Care System
W20.15BO - Sequela Encounter - F****** in the A$$ by the President's Health Care System