There's a new ICD-10 joke being told among HIT professionals

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

If you pay attention to the #ICD10 news on Twitter at all, you can't help but notice a lot of references to last month's "The 16 most absurd ICD-10 codes."

Ah it's fun to laugh at the possibility of being hit by a duck or walking into a lamppost or burned by a water ski. I haven't laughed this much since the Wall Street Journal discovered ICD-10 humor.

Speaking of lampposts, misunderstands a basic part of ICD-10 coding:

6. W220.2XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.
No. No. People. You only get to do this once. ONCE. If a patient is going around whacking into lampposts regularly, there is a deeper problem here, and he should be referred to psych immediately.

The subsequent encounter is with a physician not a lamppost.

[See also: Subsequent Encounters: Revisiting a common misconception in ICD-10 codes]

But laughing at absurd ICD-10 codes is so 2012. It looks like healthcare IT professionals have found new hilarity.

Stop me if you heard this one

Rajiv Leventhal writes about doubts that the ICD-10 compliance date will stick in Healthcare Informatics. I can't argue with him or any other skeptics. There are too many ways to derail the ICD-10 deadline.

Dan Bowman writes about the same kind of ICD-10 skepticism at

So the new ICD-10 punchline goes something like this:

"I hear Oct. 1, 2015 is the new ICD-10 deadline."

I guarantee that will make someone laugh. Or cry.

Physician readiness should be a major focus of ICD-10 prep

Andy Arends, managing principal of health plan innovation & consulting at Dell Services, sees collaboration between healthcare payers and providers as key to the ICD-10 transition:

  • Health plans need to initiate ICD-10 testing planning with physicians.
  • Unprepared physicians will increase administrative costs for healthcare payers.
  • Collaboration can help prevent problems after Oct. 1, 2015, and solve existing problems.
  • ICD-10 specificity should mean fewer requests for documentation.

(Healthcare IT News)

WEDI Releases ICD-10 Readiness Survey for Industry Participation

  • The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting another ICD-10 readiness survey.
  • All healthcare providers, payers and vendors are invited to participate.
  • The deadline is Aug. 21.


Marketing: It’s Not Just for Sneakers and Cars Anymore

Phil Dolan thinks we're just not "selling" ICD-10 implementation like we should be.

(ICD-10 Hub Blog)

Health IT Law & Industry Report: A Pain-Free Approach to ICD-10 Readiness: Four Steps to Success for Small Practices

  1. "Engage in Efficient, Targeted, Role-Appropriate ICD-10 Training"
  2. "Improve Documentation Now "
  3. "Outsource Implementation to a Specialized Consulting Group "
  4. "Follow a Plan "

(Career Step)