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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Help Is on the Way

Today, hospitals and doctors use a system of about 18,000 codes to describe medical services in bills they send to insurers. Apparently, that doesn't allow for quite enough nuance.

A new federally mandated version will expand the number to around 140,000—adding codes that describe precisely what bone was broken, or which artery is receiving a stent.

It will also have a code for recording that a patient's injury occurred in a chicken coop. (See code.)

Indeed, health plans may never again wonder where a patient got hurt. There are codes for injuries in opera houses (see code), art galleries (see code), squash courts (see code) and nine locations in and around a mobile home (see codes), from the bathroom to the bedroom. 

Some doctors aren't sure they need quite that much detail. "Really? Bathroom versus bedroom?" says Brian Bachelder, a family physician in Akron, Ohio. "What difference does it make?" (please read on.........)

Boys and girls, have you ever seen such non-sense in your whole life? This is the BS we have to put up with under gubment mandated healthcare. Of course if we don't code things correctly, we don't get paid, or even worse they will take back money they have already paid us and we have already spent. This will grow more onerous, more complex, and more expensive as Obamacare continues to unfold. Really, does anyone care if you broke your arm in an opera house or a trailer park? Did you know there is a code for burns sustained due to my water skis being on fire? REALLY! I can't make this stuff up. Think how much money we would save if we just fired all the people that come up with this crap!

Give me a F***ing break! - GROUCH


  1. But is there a code for the kid who got his braces caught on his girlfriend's IUD?

    It could happen.

  2. Findalis, they are going from 18,000 codes to 140,000 codes. There probably is a code for such a thing.

    The kid must have some hellacious buck teeth if can grab an IUD with them.

    Guess the girlfriend will need some code for genital Herpes of the esophagus.