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A Collection of Holiday ICD-10 Mishaps

Happy ICD-10 Day! The day that many people thought would never actually arrive is finally here, as real as ever. Our team has been working hard this week to support any last minute charge capture customers as they get their codes up to speed and ICD-10 compliant. To provide some comedic relief over the last year during ICD-10 preparation, we’ve written a series of blog posts covering the most absurd ways to embarrass yourself over the holidays, à la ICD-10. As the ICD-9 chapter comes to a close and the ICD-10 era begins, we bring you a “best of” our most silly, but oh-so-real ICD-10 codes.

THANKSGIVING
W61.42XA - Struck by turkey, initial encounter
Thanksgiving isn’t the best day for turkeys around the country. If you find yourself confronted with a live turkey, you may want to rethink your Thanksgiving strategy.

W22.02XA - Walked into lamppost, initial encounter
The Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition that draws thousands of people to the streets to watch the floats and marching bands go by. But be careful, after a few too many cups of hard apple cider, those lampposts can jump out from nowhere!

WINTER HOLIDAYS
Z63.1 - Problems in relationship with in-laws
An issue so ubiquitous they had to create a real diagnosis for it. (Don’t tell my mother-in-law I said that.)

V80.73A - Animal-rider or occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with streetcar
Those San Francisco trolleys have a mind of their own, and Santa and his reindeer claim they weren’t at fault. What’s more unbelievable, there’s an ICD-10 code for that!

VALENTINE'S DAY
S61.230 - Puncture wound without foreign body of right index finger without damage to nail
Bret Michaels said it best: Every rose has its thorn. And nothing kills a romantic evening like an injury from a dozen beautiful roses.

G44.82 - Headache associated with sexual activity
If you have this health problem, happy Valentine’s Day to you!

CINCO DE MAYO
Y93.49 - Activity, other involving dancing and other rhythmic movements
Dancing too aggressively to the Mariachi band. Likely to be related to F10.982, alcohol use.

R14.3 - Flatulence
After eating that entire super burrito, you may be sleeping on the couch tonight.

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