Laughter is the best medicine – ICD10 Illustrated

You know those things you didn’t know you need until you see them? I found one today when the Internet directed me to ICD-10 Illustrated.

Tara Courtland

Communications Director Tara Courtland

I’m not sure how I’ve been living in the healthcare documentation field without this — it’s a series of paintings, drawings and photographs by various artists that illustrates some of the more amusing ICD-10 codes, such as:

  • T63.442S Toxic effect of venom of bees, intentional self-harm, sequela
  • Z73.1 Type A behavior pattern
  • W56.22xA Struck by orca, initial encounter

By now, we’ve probably all heard about some of the bizarre codes in ICD-10. (“V91.07xD Burn due to water-skis on fire, subsequent encounter” is one of my personal favorites.) But seeing them in illustrated form makes the entire system all the more … palatable.

I thought this was the best thing I’d ever seen and I was planning on getting a deck of illustrated playing cards (labeled “ICD-10 The Gathering”) until I discovered another product: “MU2 Illustrated” — a guide to Meaningful Use Stage 2 with humorous artistic posters for providers and hospitals. And my office wall.

If laughter is the best medicine, illustrated guides to government regulations may be the answer to what ails us all.

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About Tara Courtland

Tara Courtland is the communications director at NEMT.
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