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Flummox Revisited

September 14th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

When you think medicine, you may think Obamacare.  It is that all encompassing, cradle to grave program that we may not be able to afford.  The government is really into providing the best medical care.  They are so dedicated they allow Medicare and Medicaid to be ripped off to the tune of many billions.   They don’t really grasp the big picture in all this; but, they do have the annoying details down pat.

A new government law has created an unusually precise list of injury codes for billing purposes. Currently there are 18,000 standard billing codes; the new law would expand that list to around 140,000. If you’ve been injured at the Opera, walked into a lamppost, pulled something while playing a trumpet, or have been attacked by a turtle, there’s now a code for that. From the article: “The federal agencies that developed the system—generally known as ICD-10, for International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision—say the codes will provide a more exact and up-to-date accounting of diagnoses and hospital inpatient procedures, which could improve payment strategies and care guidelines. “It’s for accuracy of data and quality of care,” says Pat Brooks, senior technical adviser at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Snow White biting the poisoned apple may be a case of T78.04, “anaphylactic shock due to fruits and vegetables

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  1. September 14th, 2011 at 11:14 | #1

    The sad thing is not that a there is a code for a turtle attack, but that there are nine separate codes for medical problems dealing with turtles.

  2. September 14th, 2011 at 12:28 | #2

    I am partial to the marine mammal category.  Although, I am not sure why sea lions got broken out.  They seem more prone to playing music on horns than in aggressive activities.  I think giving them their own grouping wasn’t as important as their including orcas.  Being bitten by a killer whale might apply better to the sea lions but they don’t cover that.

    The turtle issue was surely exacerbated by those damn Ninja Turtles.

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