via Wall Street Journal
You may have heard something about the new medical coding system that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has plunked down on the clipboards of hospitals and health-care providers as of Oct. 1. It’s called ICD-10, the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. Also known as the bigger, hairier stepchild of ICD-9, a system that we in the medical world have used for many years without too much trouble.
The new system, developed by the World Health Organization and more recently embraced by CMS, boasts a much wider-ranging list of more-precise diagnoses—some 70,000 of them, up from a paltry 14,000 in ICD-9. It includes such useful codes as “Struck by a duck,” “Bizarre personal appearance,” “Sucked into a jet engine,” “Accident while knitting or crocheting” and “Burn due to water-skis on fire.”