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Recently, an article was published ridiculing ICD-10 by profiling the most obscure (and frankly, ridiculous) coding combinations that could be identified. “There’s a code for that” has become synonymous with these highly publicized codes, which cover scenarios such as turtle bites, water skis on fire, being hit by meteors, and other circumstances widely considered preposterous.

Obviously, these authors are focused on things that are truly irrelevant, though entertaining, and completely missing the point of ICD-10. Those knowledgeable in coding and ICD-10 know that there are other far more important points that are being ignored because they are not funny and/or do not make headlines.

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