A new federally mandated version will expand the number to around 140,000—adding codes that describe precisely what bone was broken, or which artery is receiving a stent. It will also have a code for recording that a patient's injury occurred in a chicken coop, or if you walked into a lamppost.
Riddle: what’s the only thing worse than being a W22.02XA?
Answer: being a W22.02XD. (Explanation: in the new ICD-10 list of medical diagnoses, a W22.02XA is “walked into lamppost, initial encounter.” A W22.02XD is “walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.”
Read more here or here. Really! I am not kidding. The info is from the Wall Street Journal Online.
Perhaps we need one generic code for what ails you. W01.01AA. Sin. If we used this we might be able to consolidate some of the other intermediate causes and go directly to the source. Ya think!