Can You Pass This July 4 Coding Quiz?

Posted on 3 Jul, 2019 |comments_icon 0|By Bruce Pegg
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Join us for a dose of holiday-themed coding humor!

Parades. Cookouts. Fireworks. And all-American summertime fun. What could be better than Independence Day?

Well, how about a July 4-themed ICD-10-CM coding quiz? Don’t worry — it’s not serious, and you’ll be able to finish in plenty of time to grab that first hot dog off the grill.

Ready, Set, Go! The Questions Start Now

  1. True or False. There is an ICD-10-CM 2019 code with “American flag” in the descriptor.
  2. What ICD-10-CM codes were just released that could possibly be used every super-hot Independence Day from 2020 onward? (Hint: Read our previous post.)
  3. The codes T23.202A, Y92.017, and Y93.G2 paint the picture of what July 4 mishap?

    a. Apple pie fight
    b. Botched backyard barbecue
    c. Three-legged race pile-up
    d. Watermelon toss debacle

  4. Which ICD-10-CM category has probably been reported every year since Independence Day was first celebrated?
  5. Finally, which ICD-10-CM code would you use to describe the best July 4 lake party ever?

Strike Up the Band, and Score Your Answers

  1. True.  You may have guessed this one was true simply because ICD-10-CM has a code for everything, right? But there’s a bit of a twist here because the code is actually for American flag football: Y93.62 (Activity, American flag or touch football).
  2. ICD-10-CM 2020 will introduce T67.01- (Heatstroke and sunstroke), T67.02- (Exertional heatstroke), and T67.09- (Other heatstroke and sunstroke). But you won’t be able to use them this July 4, as they don’t take effect until October 1, 2019.
  3. Codes T23.202A (Burn of second degree of left hand, unspecified site, initial encounter), Y92.017 (Garden or yard in single-family (private) house as the place of occurrence of the external cause), and Y93.G2 (Activity, grilling and smoking food) document (b) a botched backyard barbecue.
  4. That always-useful July 4 category would have to be W39.- (Discharge of firework). (And yes, we know ICD-10-CM didn’t come into use in the U.S. until 2015. We did warn you this quiz wasn’t serious, didn’t we?)
  5. Trick question! There is no single answer, but if you chose the classic V91.07XA (Burn due to water-skis on fire, initial encounter), we’d like to be invited to your lakeside shindig next Independence Day!

In all seriousness, from our TCI family to yours, have a happy — and safe — July 4.

Happy birthday, America!

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Bruce Pegg
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An experienced teacher and published author, Bruce is TCI’s new voice of primary care, delivering advice and insights every month for coders in the fields of family, internal, and pediatric medicine through Primary Care Coding Alert and Pediatric Coding Alert. Additionally, he is the current editor of E/M Coding Alert. Bruce has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loughborough University in England and a Master of Arts degree from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He recently became a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), credentialed through AAPC.

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