Comics: New medical codes

The Wall Street Journal had an article about the new medical codes coming out, which expand the codes used by hospitals and doctors to detail items on invoices to insurance companies from about 18,000 to 140,000. They allow for almost absurd fine detail in describing how the injury occurred, where the injury occurred, or other causes of the injury. Some of the smirk-worthy examples from the article include a code for “walked into lampost, subsequent encounter,” or a code for “very low level of personal hygiene.” (You can run keyword search using this tool here.)

These, of course, inspired some comics when I couldn’t sleep last night…

(see chicken codes)

(see bucket-related codes)

(see bedroom codes)



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