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Top ICD-10 Codes for Leprechauns

by Michelle Mangino, Social Media Manager

Some of you may recall our series on zany ICD-10 codes, which we started back in October 2013. The goal for the monthly blog posts was to have some fun with the new diagnostic code set as we got closer to the deadline. Well, we got all the way through February 2014 and then the government delayed the transition, putting our series on hiatus. But with the new ICD-10 transition date now less than seven months away, and no sign of a delay in sight, it’s time to start back up again.

It’s simple, here’s how it works: Each month, I’ll share a handful of ICD-10 codes that practices and health systems are likely to use during that particular time of year. (Okay, you’re not likely to use them, but I promise you’ll have a laugh along the way.)

For this month, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, we humbly submit four diagnoses (and their corresponding ICD-10 codes) you are likely to use if a leprechaun visits your practice. Not that one will. We don’t think.  

  1. S60.312A – Abrasion of left thumb
    Even being skilled shoemakers, leprechauns, like humans, fall victim to the hammer from time to time. Can’t seem to pull their thumbs away fast enough. 
  2. S09.93XA – Unspecified injury of face
    They are tricksters. Likely to pull a fast one on the wrong person and get socked in the kisser.
  3. M24.451 – Recurrent dislocation, right hip
    Leprechauns are big fans of Irish dancing, as you know. So much so, they’ve been known to throw out a hip in the process. 
  4. S93.04XS – Dislocation of right ankle joint, sequela
    Where there are pots of gold, there are leprechauns not far behind. However, locating a pot of gold requires following a rainbow, which only appear after sun showers, which usually leads said leprechauns to tripping and falling since their gaze is toward the sky and not the slippery ground.

Have you started reviewing some of the ICD-10 codes that are relevant to your practice specialty? 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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