• Billing codes for parrot injuries

    This caught my eye from The Economist:

    Barack Obama’s health-care reform of 2010 had many virtues, especially its attempt to make health insurance universal. But it does little to reduce the system’s staggering and increasing complexity. Every hour spent treating a patient in America creates at least 30 minutes of paperwork, and often a whole hour. Next year the number of federally mandated categories of illness and injury for which hospitals may claim reimbursement will rise from 18,000 to 140,000. There are nine codes relating to injuries caused by parrots, and three relating to burns from flaming water-skis.

    Really? Somebody, please provide me the codes for flaming parrots on skis syndrome.  ICD-10 codes here, including many for parrots, and separate ones for injuries from macaws, chickens, turkeys and “other psittacines.”

    UPDATE:  WSJ reports we’ll have to wait a bit for the new parrot codes; ICD-10 is delayed.

    KO

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