This article gave me a higher level of appreciation for emergency medicine physicians.
There are some new ICD-10 codes that will make anyone laugh. Here are some that may be particularly humorous to orthopedists and radiologists.
What you have all been waiting for. You now have three specific billing codes to identify how patients were injured by a turtle. Bitten by a turtle? Use one code. Struck by a turtle? Try a different code. If the treatment was due to just the basic injurious contact with a turtle, there is yet another code for that. See codes W59.21XA, W59.21XA and W59.219XA.
There are separate codes for encounters with dolphins (W56.09XA) or getting struck by a sea lion (W56.12XA). Name the animal or bird, and there is a separate code for each encounter.
Are you ready for some chaos?