How Will Doctors Be Able To Classify An Orca Bite Without New Disease Codes?

National Government Radio is very upset by this state of affairs

(NPR) Poking fun at a complex new system for classification of diseases is surprisingly easy and enjoyable.

Yes, there are codes your doctor will be able to use someday to submit bills for treatment of a dolphin bite (W5601XA), being struck by a dolphin (W5602XA) or “other contact” with a dolphin (W5603XA). And that’s just the start.

Thousands of detailed codes form the backbone of a billing system that the federal government has been seeking to modernize for a while. The U.S., unlike other countries, is still using old codes.

Yes, it is fun. Click that link in the excerpt. It includes fun things like

  • Bitten by: Orca, sea lion, pig, and duck (among others)
  • Struck by: object falling from a merchant vessel, falling from a cave-in, volleyball, tennis racquet, and the always popular “being struck by orca”. That happened to me last week. While my water-skis were on fire
  • Other contact with a turtle
  • Pecked by chicken
  • Walked into lampost
  • Activity, knitting and crocheting
  • And the extreme danger of being burned by water skis on fire

How can my doctor properly treat me after being struck by an orca, which caused my burning water skis to burn me?

HHS wanted to update the classification, because it’s old, and doesn’t include pigs and orcas, and, those evil ducks

But it’s going to take a while longer before things change. The Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it’s delaying implementation of the ICD-10, short for International Classification of Disease, 10th Revision.

Many doctors had raised a ruckus about the inconvenience and expense of switching to ICD-10 when so many other things are changing in health care.

Shockingly, doctors had a problem with this, because it was going to cost them an orca-load of money to implement the new classification system.

Even so, the American Medical Association, among others, has argued the regulatory burden imposed on doctors by ICD-10 is heavy and is inconsistent with President Obama’s executive order telling federal agencies to look for ways to reduce bureaucratic headaches.

Don’t worry, Kathy Sebelius will get around to dealing with you AMA folks in due time, once she gets around to mandating that insurance companies include coverage for orca bites for people who live in Montana.

And, yes, ICD-10 was mandated within Obamacare.

Crossed at Right Wing News and Stop The ACLU.

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3 Responses to “How Will Doctors Be Able To Classify An Orca Bite Without New Disease Codes?”

  1. mojo says:

    “I was bitten by a bloody Orca!”
    “Yes, yes, I can tell, the bleeding and all. – the code. What is the code?”
    “HOW THE HELL WOULD I KNOW? COULD I GET A BANDAGE?”

  2. Gumball_Brains says:

    Wait. Are you sure those aren’t ID10T codes?

  3. david7134 says:

    The AMA is the one that formulates the codes. That is why the executive board was backing Obamacare, so that they could profit from the government. The AMA represents only 20% of doctors and most of those hate the organization.

    As to ICD codes, that is one of the main reasons that the cost of medical care is out of the roof. Before we had the codes, we would just charge $30 per day for care of a patient in the hospital. The government came to us and said we were charging too much and making too much money (at the time I was getting paid about $90,000 per year). So they gave us the ICD codes. We started looking through the book and found that we could charge $120 to just see a patient in the hospital. Then there were charge for talking to the patient, talking to the family, writing out prescriptions, or saving someone’s life with CPR (previously that was free). In fact, we found the one thing the would send us to jail was providing free service. So our daily patient charged massively increased. As well as my yearly payment.

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