SMS Post

Wow. Someone in a cubicle somewhere came up with a billing code for doctors to use if they see a patient hurt…on a spaceship: ICD-E845.0

14 thoughts on “SMS Post

  1. Ha! Love it. I’ll on the lookout for someone in this setting and will know how to bill properly.

    I keep looking for the ICD 9 code for my favorite reason for doing tests (xrays/labs etc)….it’s “because I said so” code but unfortunately I can’t seem to find it! I’ll let everyone know when I locate this most helpful ICD9 code.



  2. Amazing, isn’t it? And to think there are some far more common problems that ICD-9-CM DOESN’T have codes for, LOL! (I laugh, but sometimes it can be darn near frustrating!)

  3. What’s so amazing?! Don’t you think astronauts injure themselves on the space shuttles, and what about all the mechanics, engineers, etc. that injure themselves on them before they even leave the ground? In ICD-9, diagnoses have to occurr A LOT before becoming code worthy, so……

    Also, as long as I’m spouting off, it wasn’t someone in a cubicle that came up with the code. ICD-9 is maintained in cooperation with representatives of the American Hospital Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the American Health Information Management Association.

    Yes, I know, I have been coding way too long and I’m retiring Sept 26. Can’t wait! Bring on ICD-10!

  4. ICD-10 has their own special codes. Not only can you code for an initial encounter with a lamppost (W22.02XA), but you can code for any following encounters with a different code (W22.02XD)! Personally, I think that if you’re coming into contact with lampposts that often, you have more problems than just the physical ones…

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