Why aren't there ICD-10 codes for politics?

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

Sometimes we shake our heads and wonder what is wrong with our politicians.

Coder Coach Kristi Stanton feels R41.9, unspecified symptoms and signs involving cognitive functions and awareness, describes the problems with Capitol Hill.

I don't know if that's why the U.S. Senate is voting after 5 p.m. today on the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.” The bill that aims to delay Medicare payment cuts and ICD-10 implementation probably will pass.

I don't know if there is an ICD-10 code for that. But maybe we can create some codes for passing and not passing legislation. Then we can study political behavior and maybe even reimburse lawmakers based upon their performance.

What's the ICD-10 code for that kind of delusion?

While we're waiting to learn the fate of our ICD-10 implementation plans, brush up on some coding examples:

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