ICD-10 Codes to Ring the Bell on Christmas Season

Christmas -ICD-10 injury codes

December is the Christmas, a holiday season, it’s the right time to decorate, indulge in tasty treats, and gather with loved ones. It’s known to us that all the festive celebration brings the risk of injuries and illness. Note down these ICD-10 codes for the christmas season, which will help physicians to diagnose emergency rooms, urgent care centers, and family practice.

Let’s take a look at the ICD-10 CM injury codes associated with the holiday season-related injuries –

ICD-10 Codes for Christmas Season

Fall due to ice or snow – W00.9xxA

Running around the snow and ice often results in injuries. For fall on the same level due to ice and snow use W00.0 or if fall from steps or stairs due to ice use W00.1. Make sure you include the appropriate seventh character to indicate the encounter.

Activity Related Injuries – Skiing, Snowboarding – Y93.23

Many plans to go snowboarding and skiing during the holiday season, these activities can also prove dangerous and result in injuries.

Fall on and from the ladder, initial encounter – W11.XXXA

About 50% of injuries happen actually falling from a ladder while hanging lights. Ladder safety is of paramount importance. So, check before using it.

Fall from Tree – W14

These codes are used to report when a patient falls from a tree while decorating the Christmas tree. Avoid decorating by reaching higher branches and use a proper ladder to decorate the tree.

Activity, Cooking, and Baking – Y93.G

The kitchen can be a dangerous place, between the hot oils and fats, sharp knives, and boiling water. Beware of a crowded kitchen, and make sure to clean up any spills that could pose a fall risk.

Pecked by a Turkey, Initial encounter – W61.43

This is turkey’s least favorite time of the year. Yes, it is! Turkey can squeeze or bite sharply at those nearby. There is an ICD-10 Code for that. W61.43 is the ICD-10 category code which is non-billable. In this case, you have to indicate it as an initial encounter (43XA), Subsequent encounter (43XD), or sequel (43XS). A patient could also get charged or scratched by a gobbler, so that we require W61.4, with the same specificity.

Injuries Due to Crowd – W52

Since this is a category code, there is always the risk of getting pushed or stepped on when peoples rushed to doorsteps to grab offers. Here we need to include specificity and additional codes for injury to ensure proper reimbursement.

Sleep Deprivation – Z72.820

This Z code is to indicate a lack of sleep adequate. Don’t confuse with insomnia (G47.0X) during the billing process.

Problems in Relationship or siblings rivalry – Z62.891

Family gathering always includes laughter, memories, and the inevitable arguments. No Worries! There are Z codes designate reasons for encounters, you have to corresponding procedural codes if any one of the above has happened. Z codes are used to designate reasons for encounters; use Z62.891 when siblings start to squabble over a toy. Z63.1 Problems in relationship with in-laws if a family argument gets out of hand.

Injuries due to fire and flames – X08.8

Incandescent Christmas lights can get hot enough to burn or ignite other decorations. LED lights are the best to use as they require less energy and do not give off heat. Never hang Christmas lights on a metal tree. The tree can become charged with electricity and cause electric shock and fire.

Christmas is a festive season for enjoyment, so enjoy safely by avoiding injuries, property damage or even death. Happy Holidays!



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