Yesterday, the United States joined the rest of the world with its adoption of the International Classification of Disease codes, Revision 10.
Originally designed for statistical purposes, the ICD is now the de facto database organizing protocol for the US medical billing system. Medicaid, Medicare and now all private insurers are transitioning to the new system. There is a one-year grace period.
How dangerous is this world, anyway?
This change is very important, and even before it is in full use, it provides some important insight into the dangers we face. So as a public service, we at SafelyFiled want you to know some of the potential dangers you face. We didn't make these up. The ICD must actually consider these a risk, otherwise there would be no code for them.
For example, you could be injured and if your injuries were coded as V54.1XXA and V91.07XA, it was because you were struck by a dog and burned while on water skis. Don't believe me? Take a look at these screenshots below. My questions are, "How did the dog hit you? Did he jump out of the boat? And what did you use to get your skis to burn?"