Thursday, October 1, 2015

70,000 Ways to Get Sick or Die - the switch to ICD-10 in US

From the WSJ: Under a new system, the number of diagnostic codes doctors must use to get paid is expanding from 14,000 to 70,000, including codes for ailments such as "underdosing of caffeine" (video):

Here are some of the new codes:

- Z63.1: “Problems in relationship with in-laws”
- V91.07XA: “Burn due to water skis on fire.”

At the end of the day, this code probably applies to the majority of healthcare administrators in the US today:

F43.22: “Adjustment disorder with anxiety.”


There Are Now Officially 70,000 Ways to Get Sick or Die. Bloomberg, 2015.


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