By DeVry University
When classifying medical procedures and illnesses, medical billing and coding professionals are tasked with selecting the right ICD-10 codes from approximately 68,000 available options. It’s a stark difference from the previous coding schema, ICD-9, which was phased out in 2015 with just 13,000 codes. And as you might imagine, some of today’s medical billing codes are not only highly specific – they can also be a bit unusual.
Take a look at 10 of our favorite funny and strange ICD-10 codes in the infographic below.
10 Strange ICD-10 Codes
W56.01: Bitten by Dolphin
Y93.I1: Roller Coaster Riding
Y93.J1: Piano Playing
Becoming a virtuoso is not without its perils. In fact, neck pain is among the most commonly reported injury among professional pianists. Considered a “playing-related musculoskeletal disorder,” neck pain tends to be more prevalent in musicians with smaller hands. Document it as medical billing code number Y93.J1.
V97.21: Parachutist Entangled in Object
In 2019, the United States Parachute Association reported 2,522 skydiving injuries over the course of approximately 3.3 million skydives. That’s about 1 injury per every 1,310 jumps. Consider that when strapping on your parachute. If you end up entangled in a tree or other object, you’ll be coded as a V97.21.
W56.12: Struck by a Sea Lion
Z59.2: Discord with Neighbors
Z62.891: Sibling Rivalry
V91.07XD: Burn Due to Water-Skis on Fire
X.52: Prolonged Stay in Weightless Environment
The majority of us will never be classified as an X.52, but staying in space too long can be a serious concern for astronauts. Did you know the record holder for the most consecutive days spent in space is Russian cosmonaut, Valery Polyakov? He spent 438 days on the Mir Space Station, beginning in January 1994.
Y93.D1: Knitting and Crocheting
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