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Okay, Somebody Did Survive Being Sucked Into a Jet Engine

Folks, I am sticking by my conclusion that the medical profession really does not need a billing code to indicate a second office visit by a patient whose complaint is that he was sucked into a jet engine. See “Injury Code V97.33XD:…


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Injury Code V97.33XD: Sucked Into Jet Engine (Subsequent Encounter)

According to this report, a doctors’ group in Alabama is protesting the not-yet-implemented ICD-10 medical-coding system by ridiculing it, an approach that I certainly endorse. See, e.g., “Injury Code W59.22XA: Struck by Turtle,” Lowering the Bar (Sept. 13, 2011) (citing the WSJ). Given that…


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The Armadillo Codes

In which we learn that our health-care system is not prepared to deal with injuries caused by frozen armadillos.


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Further Reactions to the Turtle Code Controversy

I want to end this week with one more follow-up on last week’s revelation that the new set of federal insurance billing codes has some real gems in it, the most puzzling to me being the code for “struck by…