Friday, October 02, 2015

Medicare Has a Code for Orca Bites



You cannot cannot make this stuff up. 

If you go to the Medicare and Medicaid health coding lookup site, you will see 9 different codes for encounters with an Orca, 12 for injuries from a jellyfish, 3 different codes for being pecked by a turkey, 9 codes for being bitten by a Sea Lion, 10 codes for chicken attack. as well as many other codes for interactions with alligators, turtles, snake, cows, horses, and raccoons. Oddly absent:  any codes for being bitten by a fox. coyote, wolf, or cougar.

No, I am not making this up!  Check out the link yourself, and in the comments let me know what odd codes you find.

6 comments:

Mary DVM said...

Toxic effect of contact with venomous toad. Three types are identified unintentional,intentional/self harm,
and assault (!)
Are people being pelted with toads?

PBurns said...

Lizards. There's codes for lizard bites.

Fish is the winner, however: between the fish themselves, and the fishing boats, over 50 codes.

PBurns said...

No codes for bear??

Mary DVM said...

That would be the coroner's code.

PBurns said...

There's a code for bitten by Maccaw.

5string said...

The code for gator bite and limp dick are the same - 'Reptile Misfunction'.