ICD-10, which is simply an acronym for the 10th revision to the “International Classification of Diseases.” got into effect on October 1, 2015, and significantly increases the number of medical billing codes healthcare providers can submit claims for. However, there are some seriously wacky and outright funny ICD-10 codes.
Some of my favorites include:
- Bitten by a cow (W55.21): Now if you get bitten by a cow, you definitely have serious problems besides the bite.
- Struck by pig, initial encounter (W55.42XA): It can’t get any funnier than this. What if you get struck by the pig again? Do you get to claim the second encounter?