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11 Tips to Avoid a Dangerous ICD-10 Code During Thanksgiving

Written by Kaitlyn Houseman | November 25, 2014
When it comes to ICD-10 codes and Thanksgiving, it just doesn't get much better than this. Here are 11 tips to avoiding any mishaps during your Thanksgiving celebration that could result in an odd ICD-10 diagnosis code.


1. Remember to be polite at your Thanksgiving dinner

W27.4xxA - Contact with a kitchen utensil









2. Always follow the recipe

W61.49 - Other Contact with Turkey









3. Don’t lean over the stove while you are preparing your Thanksgiving feast

T21.31XA Burn of third degree of chest wall initial encounter








4. Keep an eye on the kids

W61.42 Struck by turkey









5. Two words: Portion control

R63.2 ingestion of a greater than optimal quantity of food

6. Don’t operate a motor vehicle after consuming a large amount of turkey

R46.4 Slowness and poor responsiveness

7. Maybe avoid exercise balls when working off those Thanksgiving calories

W03.xx - Other Fall on Same Level due to collison with another person






8. Give yourself enough time the morning of Black Friday to get ready

R46.1 –Bizarre personal  appearance









9. Try to stay calm when you find out your coupon doesn’t work

W50.3XXA, Y92.512 and Y99.0 - Clerk accidentally bit by another human while at work









10. Don’t forget you can always shop online

W52XXXA - Pushed by crowd or human stampede










11. You should probably just shop online

Y04.0xxA - Assault by unarmed brawl or fight









These codes may seem a bit hilarious or odd but ICD-10 is definitely nothing to joke about. “For a bit of perspective on medical coding: ICD-9 was developed in the 1970’s—in the 70’s people could smoke in the hospital” wrote Tom Sullivan, editor of Government Health IT. ICD-10 is a much needed change in the healthcare industry for many reasons. ICD-10 offers not just greater detail but also the potential to provide better data for evaluating the quality of patient care. Preparing for ICD-10 shouldn’t be taken lightly or pushed to the back burner. Putting patient care first means making the ICD-10 transition a priority for your practice.