Don't be afraid to use an unspecified ICD-10 code

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
Don't be afraid to use an unspecified ICD-10 code

If something bad happened to anyone on Friday, it would be tempting to blame injuries on the bad luck of Friday the 13th. But that's not recognized as an external cause  in the ICD-10-CM codes.

Even if the patient has triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) or paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th), the best you're going to do is F40.9 (phobic anxiety disorder, unspecified).

Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10:

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.