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Top Five ICD-10 Codes for Halloween

by Michelle Mangino, Social Media Manager

About one year from now, the health care industry will have just transitioned to ICD-10, right after the October 1, 2014 deadline. Since we all know too well how fast a year can fly by, I thought we could all start getting familiar with this new diagnostic code set by having some fun along the way.

Each month leading up to October 1, 2014, I’ll share five codes that are likely to be used in practices and health systems during that particular time of year. (Okay, not really, but we’re taking a much lighter approach here, so just play along.) For this month, we’ve identified five diagnoses (and their corresponding ICD-10 codes) that might just come in handy in the days leading up to Halloween.

  1. W49.01XA – Hair causing external constriction
    Wigs can be an essential addition to many costumes, but sometimes at the expense of comfort.
  2. W22.02XD – Walked into lamppost
    Masks and face paint can be known to impair trick-or-treaters’ vision at night.
  3. W50.1xxS – Accidental kick by another person, sequela
    Beware: Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made the Los Angeles Times’ popular Halloween costumes list for 2013, so high kicks are a given this season.
  4. Z62891 – Sibling rivalry
    Battling over the best candy.
  5. R46.1 – Bizarre personal appearance
    Some regard the entire month of October as an invitation to dress up as their favorite strange characters whenever and wherever they choose.

Have you started reviewing some of the ICD-10 codes? Come across any that are particularly odd, funny or interesting? Send them to us at blog@athenahealth.com and we’ll incorporate them into this series.

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