• ICD-10 has you covered this Fourth of July

    Physician practices will need to switch to ICD-10 coding in about 90 days. It's something to consider as you attend July 4th celebrations this weekend: How would I use ICD-10 to code some frequent holiday-related injuries?

    First off, keep hydrated and out of the sun so you don't have to worry about sunstroke (T67.0XXA) or heat exhaustion (T67.5XXA). Also, apply lots of sunscreen to avoid a nasty sunburn (L55.1).

    If you are by the swimming pool, careful when you dive. Lots of people get hurt "jumping or diving into swimming pool striking bottom" (W16.52).

    Summer weekends are a popular time to pull out the grill (Y93.G2). This is a wealth of potential harm, including burning your fingers (T23.031A) on the open flame (X03.0XXA) or picking up a hot burger by mistake (X10.1XXA). Alternatively, not cooking things correctly can lead to food poisoning (A05.9). Also, watch it with the beer consumption (F10.129, alcohol abuse with intoxication, unspecified).

    Lastly, it wouldn't be Independence Day without some fireworks (W39.XXXA). Don't stand so close, and you won't have to worry about getting torched (T20.25XA) or losing your hearing (H93.11). 

    Have fun!

    Posted on Jul 02, 2015 by David Twiddy

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