Are You Excited To Learn About Health Code V9542XA?

You should, because it’s part of the increase from 17,000 health codes to 155,000

(Weekly Standard) Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley?

Chances are slim.

But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it. On that date, the United States is scheduled to implement a new system for recording injuries, medical diagnoses, and inpatient procedures called ICD-10​–​the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases propagated by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. So these exotic injuries, codeless for so many years, will henceforth be known, respectively, as T63622A (Toxic effect of contact with other jellyfish, intentional self-harm, initial encounter), V9542XA (Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, initial encounter), V9733XA (Sucked into jet engine, initial encounter), and V80731A (Occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with streetcar, initial encounter).

These codes, increasing from 17K to 155K, are not specifically the fault of Obamacare, having been planned prior, but are considered “the foundation for health care reform”.

It will affect almost every part of the U.S. health care system​–​providers and payers, physicians and researchers, hospitals and clinics, the government and the private sector. That system​–​already stressed with doctor shortages, electronic medical records mandates, and the broader chaos of Obamacare​–​is nowhere near ready. And that has lots of people worried.

Adding this many codes could mean doctors and medical facilities are spending more time dealing with red tape, lost productivity, and lost revenue. If things aren’t perfect, they may not be reimbursed by the insurance company or government.

BTW, there were no plans by Los Federales to engage in end-to-end testing, despite the complete failure during the launch of, along with most state Ocare websites. Until

In a letter to CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner on February 18, 2014, four Republican senators pressed for comprehensive testing. The senators​–​Tom Coburn, Rand Paul, John Barrasso, and John Boozman​–​are all physicians and expressed deep concern that CMS is planning only one week of “front-end” testing. After receiving the letter, CMS hastily announced that it will offer limited end-to-end testing to “a small group of providers” at some point in “summer 2014” and promised that “details about the end-to-end testing process will be disseminated at a later date.”

That should work out well

There are codes for those “bitten” by a crocodile, “struck” by a crocodile, and “crushed” by a crocodile. There is also a code for injuries sustained through “other contact” with crocodiles. “I just don’t want to know about ‘other contact,’ especially with farm animals,” says Boynton, to sustained laughter. “That joke doesn’t fly in Montana.”

Boynton’s “personal favorite” is code V9027XA: “Drowning and submersion due to falling or jumping from burning water-skis, initial encounter.”

Other fantastic codes are

  • S30867A: Insect bite (nonvenomous) of anus, initial encounter.
  • V0001XD, or, ”Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with roller-skater, subsequent encounter.”
  • X52: Prolonged stay in weightless environment
  • W16.221: drowning in a water bucket
  • Z621 Parental overprotection
  • Y92241: Hurt at the library
  • Y92253 – Hurt at the opera
  • And a super winner: Y34 – Unspecified event, undetermined intent

Now just imagine a medical facility having to spend lots and lots of time dealing with all this gobbledygook.

“There were 9 codes for bites in ICD-9,” says Boynton. “There are over 300 in ICD-10.”

CMS is stating that the date for implementation is October 1, 2014, and that is firm, and God help anyone who refuses to follow the specific dates for Obamacare implementation. Except for CMS. HHS. Obama.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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