Hilarious ICD-10 Codes


Bitten by a cow? Pecked by a chicken? Burn due to water skis on fire? Yes, there is an ICD-10 code for each………………….

By Dr. Eric – Posted on August 5, 2015

As many of you know, the International Classification of Diseases 9th Revision (ICD-9) will be replaced by ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.  Every single doctor and healthcare facility claim in America has to have an ICD-9 (soon to be ICD-10) code in order for it to be processed by the insurance carrier, Medicare or Medicaid.

There is an excellent article in the July 10, 2015 issue of Medical Economics Magazine called “ICD-10 Defeat the Deadline.”  In the article there are some CHILLING stats and some HYSTERICAL examples of ICD-10 codes.

Chilling Stats:

–There are 16,000 ICD-9 Codes.  There are 69,000 ICD-10 Codes.

62% of surveyed physicians said their practice is UNPREPARED for the October  1 transition to ICD-10.

70% of doctors have NO IDEA if their insurance carriers are prepared or not.

65% of physicians think the deadline should be delayed again.

–Only 14% of physicians have actually tested their billing system to see if it will work with the new ICD-10 diagnosis codes.


Because there are so many MORE ICD-10 codes, they get pretty specific.  Here are some examples:

W55.21 – Bitten by a Cow

W61.33 – Pecked by a Chicken

V00.01 – Pedestrian on Foot in Collision with Roller-Skater

Y92.146 – Swimming Pool of a Prison as Place of Occurrence as the External Cause

Z63.1 – Problems in Relationship with In-Laws

Y92.253 – Hurt at the Opera

Y93.D1 – Accident While Knitting or Crocheting

W56.22 – Struck by Orca, initial encounter

And in the ‘Are you kidding me’ category…

V91.07 Burn Due to Water-Skis on Fire

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Hope you had a little fun with that.

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I’m plagued by Z63.1.  In fact, I should probably get extended time off under ADA, via the mental health parity act, due to mental suffering caused by Z63.1.


Is it too late to nominate a few hundred more – I think we need “slapped by wife” to differentiate from “slapped by hooker?”


You know.. I was reading through this and found this one to be so funny.  W56.22 – Struck by Orca, initial encounter

That means there is probably an ICD-10 for struck by Orca s second or multiple times.

W56.23 – Stuck by Orca, subsequent encounter

W56.24 – fool struck by Orca, again


Classic! I wonder if there’s one for “injured hand while striking Orca back”?