Shark Week ICD-10 Codes

Every year, the Discovery Channel has a week of programming dedicated to sharks and shark documentaries. While it is imperative to know when and how to utilize the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes, it is also interesting to understand the amount of codes at your disposal, such as those related to Shark Week.

As background, ICD stands for International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. ICD-10 was developed by the National Center for Health Statistics as a clinical modification approved in 1990 by the World Heath Organization. ICD-10-codes are complete revisions of their U.S. developed ICD-9 counterparts that were adopted in 1979. On October 1, 2015, the U.S. health care system transitioned the way patient visits are coded from ICD-9 to the next version ICD-10.

In case you wonder how ICD codes and Shark Week are intertwined, be aware that there are several ICD-10 codes to be utilized for injuries related to sharks, as follows:
1. W56.41 Bitten by a shark;
2. W56.42 Struck by a shark;
3. W56.49 Other contact with a shark;
4. V93.35 Fell out of kayak while looking for sharks; and
5. Y93.C2 Injured while using a hand held interactive electronic device, i.e. texting friend about shark week.

It is important to remember that every injury has an ICD-10 code. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding ICD coding, even if it isn’t related to Shark Week.

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