It’s finally here: summer 2016, the first ICD-10 summer. Which means the inaugural opportunity for many physicians – at least those practicing in northern climes – to utilize an array of new, detailed diagnosis codes that address particular summertime maladies.
For example, upcoming Fourth of July festivities may engender W39.XXXA – hit by a firework.
Prolonged naps on the beach may result in L55.9 – severe sunburn.
And a cooling dip in the ocean (perhaps to help soothe L55.9) could lead to T63.621A – stung by a jellyfish.
That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg (Y93.29). So don’t abandon those flip-flops, but be careful out there.