Top 10 Most Ridiculous ICD-10 Codes

Posted by Team PracticeForces on Mar 22 2016

Top 10 Most Ridiculous ICD-10 Codes


The 68,000 codes under the new ICD-10 system can certainly be a headache. Whether you do your billing in-house or outsource, the sheer number of codes has likely added a new level of complexity to your revenue cycle management. You may love or loathe the new coding system, but you are almost guaranteed to giggle at some of the weirdly specific codes for bizarre medical injuries.


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From shark injuries to knitting accidents, we rounded up 10 of the most ridiculous ICD-10 codes to add some levity to your lunch hour.

  1. W56.22 Struck by an orca. Don’t blame Sea World. You were warned that the front row is a splash zone.
  1. V91.07 Burn due to water-skis on fire. If there’s a code for it, it must have happened before. But we still have to wonder if this is even possible.
  1. V00.01: Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with roller-skater. Hmmm, does this apply to in-line skates as well? Or the classic skates only?
  1. 63.1: Problems in relationship with in-laws. Welcome to marriage. This code goes well with R51: headache, chronic daily.
  1. R46.1: Bizarre personal appearance. Who is the judge of this, exactly?
  1. V97.33: Sucked into jet engine. Is this code really necessary? Can you survive being sucked into a jet engine? By the way, don’t google “sucked into jet engine.”
  1. W220.2XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter. There should really never be a “subsequent encounter” with a lamppost. Unless you include as the cause code Y93.C2 (activity, handheld interactive electronic device).
  1. W56.49: Other contact with shark. There are codes for “bitten by shark” and “struck by shark.” So, what exactly are you doing that you had another kind of contact with a shark?
  1. Y93.D1: Accident while knitting or crocheting. That would be a strange end to your Clue game. It was grandma, in the sitting room, with the knitting needle.
  1. Y34: Unspecified event, undetermined intent, home, during unspecified activity. You’re not sure what you were doing, why you were doing it, or what exactly happened. You do know you were at home. Well, that clears everything up.

Although these crazy medical billing codes can be great for a laugh, figuring them out can be a nightmare for your staff. Want to learn more about ICD-10? Find out how to avoid insurance claim denials under the new coding system. Need some help? Your practice shouldn’t have to waste time coding. We’ve seen the worst and can handle it all. Find out how we can streamline your practice’s medical billing.

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Topics: Medical Coding, ICD-10

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