Fiery Water Skis? There's an ICD-10 Code for That!

Over the course of your career, you've undoubtedly treated countless patients suffering from burns caused by their water skis catching fire. In the past, these all-too-frequent tragedies were complicated even more by the shortcomings of an outdated and ambiguous coding standard. No longer! You'll be happy to know the new ICD-10 coding system scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, 2015, will have an ICD-10 code for that.

In fact, it has three:

ICD-10 code set V91.07: Burn due to water-skis on fire:
V91.07xA…… Initial encounter
V91.07xD…… Subsequent encounter
V91.07xS……. Sequela

ICD-10 adds more 70,000 new codes to the mix, down to the most detailed specifics of circumstance and diagnosis, and payers are going to look for the most descriptive code available.

ICD-10 truly does start with physicians. It begins by familiarizing yourself with these new, much more specific codes, and documenting every patient interaction in a way that will allow your coding staff to easily and properly file. If the ICD-10 transition occurs, "burn to the left leg" will no longer cut it if the patient's water skis were aflame, and it may end up costing your practice a great deal in revenue.

TMA has developed many key ICD-10 resources to help you get started in your transition preparations:  

  • ICD-10 Now! How and Why 
    This on-demand webinar offers a detailed look at everything you and your staff need to know and do to prepare for ICD-10, and why it is absolutely imperative to begin the transition process now.
  • Achieving ICD-10 Implementation Success
    This course will walk you through the first three steps you must take to start the ICD-10 transition while detailing exactly what needs to be done in all areas of your practice.
  • ICD-10 Resource Center
    Stay up-to-date with the latest news, information, tools, videos, and resources. All things ICD-10 are in one place. Check back often for new content and information.
  • ICD-10 Starts With Physicians
    An on-demand webinar that highlights the five phases of the ICD-10 transition, looks at the ICD-10 code structure, and addresses how ICD-10 will impact your practice. It's a great, quick way to get started.

Action, May 1, 2013

updated Nov. 17, 2014