“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” aren’t merely holiday season song titles anymore. Now, thanks to the healthcare industry’s October transition to the ICD-10 medical coding system, the song titles closely approximate diagnostic code descriptions.
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If you work in healthcare IT, you’re likely all too familiar with the plethora of codes introduced by ICD-10. And, most of the time, we’re betting that you find deaing with them to be no laughing matter, especialy when it comes to updating your systems to accommodate the new requirements. Today, we want to change all that.
In the spirit of the holidays, PatientKeeper, a provider of healthcare applications for physicians, has compiled the “12 Codes of Christmas” to help physicians and their staff prepare documentation during the holiday season.
ICD-10 is supposed to make medical coding more accurate by giving medical professionals a wide array of options. ICD-10 has more than 68,000 codes, versus 13,000 for ICD-9. This will hopefully lead to improved patient outcomes, accurate and efficient billing, and enhanced research, as data can be easily shared and classified.
It also leads to some humorously detailed diagnoses, as this list of the 12 Codes for Christmas reveals.