You have probably read the stories and heard the jokes regarding the fact that ICD-10 has a code for everything. Some are humorous, such as the notion that there are codes for walking into a lamppost or being burned while on flaming water skis, or even my favorite, being injured while knitting. Some are scary, raising questions about the intricacies of trying to code out where the patient was, what he or she was doing, and whether he or she was working at the time in order to assign all the codes necessary for injury coding with external causes.
The cost of medical care services is now up 6.5 percent from last September. The recently released Consumer Price Index, or CPI, did not exactly