ICD-10 Codes: Bizarre, Outrageous, & Absurd. But ‘Funny?’ I don’t think so.

(What’s the ICD-10 Code for “Idiotitis?”)

Show of hands: who thinks a child drowning is funny?

Hopefully you don’t think so. Yet just recently the ICD-10 code for drowning in a bucket of water was labeled “funny” by – wait for this – someone connected to medical coding services – a company called Medical Billers and Coders. 

Why is this? Why do seemingly intelligent people who should know better insist on publicly displaying such crass ignorance? And why would a company that makes its living by providing medical coding services take such a tack?

Here’s what this company posted last month on YouTube.

And when I called them out on it via the YouTube comments and a tweeet, this was the reply via their Twitter account

@ShimCode None of the injuries are funny but having codes for such uncommon injuries is something that we were targeting here.

There’s a Better Way

Unfortunately this company is not alone with thinking tragic, real life events are “funny.” There have been many firms and people calling out child drownings as “bizzare,” funny,” and “hysterical.” I wrote a post about such idiocy a while ago.

If you want to make fun of ICD-10, I suggest you take an approach like The Happy Hospitalist took in his post titled “Funny ICD-10.2 Codes Never Before Discovered.”

For instance:

Abdominal Pain In The ER, Not Exacerbated By Big Mac Brought In By Baby Daddy

Any Injury Due To Less Than 1/10 of an Inch of Snow; Atlanta, Georgia

Know This All You Budding Comedians
If you’re still desperately searching for some reason to make fun of ICD-10, consider reading Richard Averill’s post on “Why the U.S. actually needs those crazy ICD-10 codes.”

Then maybe you will rethink your need to somehow bash ICD-10 at the expense of people who have lost loved ones to drowning.