A Code for What Ails You

A Code for What Ails You

Today, hospitals and doctors use a system of about 18,000 codes to describe medical services in bills they send to insurers. A new federally-mandated version will expand the number to around 140,000, adding codes that can describe precisely what bone was broken and where the patient got hurt, from art galleries to chicken coops. Search for diagnosis codes from the U.S. edition of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision — by typing in a keyword. We’ve provided a few to get you started.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

I plugged “jet engine” into the WSJ’s interactive tool, and it came up with three codes: “Sucked into jet engine, initial encounter,” “Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter,” and “Sucked into jet engine, sequela.”

I want to know who gets sucked into a jet engine more than once. I would think the first time would pretty much sour a guy on the whole concept.

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