ICD-101: Nothing says Christmas like learning to code mental disorders

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

To recognize that the holidays could be a stressful time, Coder Coach Kristi Stanton is assigning ICD-10-CM codes to Christmas Carols for the Psychologically Challenged.

It's a mashup of mental disorders, Christmas carols and medical coding:

  • On the Third Day of the Coder's Christmas (F31.9): "Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and..." (F31.9, Bipolar disorder, unspecified)

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled ICD-10 frivolity:

As valuable as this feature is for ICD-10 education, you should tune into Holly Cassano's recommendations for finding medical billing courses. She's starting a three-part series on the time and money needed to get formal ICD-10 training.

This is a weekly feature that I use to highlight practical tips on how to use and understand ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. Please let me know of any other sources that I can include.