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.


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'.