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I don’t want to live in a world where Ebola is sold out at the Giant Microbe store – and there’s no code for it

There is a super cute little toy shop in Coeur d’Alene, ID called Shenanigan’s Toy Emporium that sells vintage toys and other unique items.  When traveling there on business, we usually make a stop in to shop from their wall of amazing salt water taffy and check out their selection of toys that don’t come with a power button.  You know, the kind of toys we had prior to the Atari and Game Boy era!

Shenanigan’s also has a great display of giant microbes – small plush renderings of everything from the common cold to diarrhea.  I am still marveling at how they could create a plush toy out of liquid stool!  I’m sure it’s just the geeky coder in me (and my colleagues), but we decided to buy a few and put them out during our training sessions along with our baskets of Play Dough, pipe cleaners, and candy (we like to have FUN in our training sessions!).  Needless to say, they were a big hit with our clients and we noticed on one of the tags that there was a website where we could order more.  By now your interest is surely piqued, so be sure to check out the online Giant Microbes store.

You’re probably thinking what I’m thinking right about now, which is, wouldn’t these giant microbes make great white elephant gifts for Christmas?  My thoughts immediately went to what would be appropriate for my family’s white elephant gift exchange.  Don’t worry, my family has a great sense of humor – there’s still a copy of Pamela Anderson’s novel (yes, she wrote one) complete with the “naughty” pages clipped together courtesy of my grandmother who was sheltering her daughter from the filthy parts.  And what better gift for someone in 2014 than the Ebola virus?  There’s just one problem.

Sold out.

Apparently I am not the only person who thinks that Ebola would make a great Christmas gift.  It’s a sign of recent headlines that this virus, which is actually kind of cute in plush form, is unavailable.  What’s even more worrisome given that this was the year Ebola came to the US, is that we don’t have an ICD-9-CM code to report it.  Here’s the best we can do in ICD-9:

  • 065.8, Other specified arthropod-borne hemorrhagic fever
  • 078.89, Other specified diseases due to virus

What about ICD-10-CM?  How about this?

  • A98.4, Ebola virus disease

YESSSSSS!  Way more specific!

In previous years as we’ve prepped for ICD-10 implementation, the opponents have given a laundry list of extensive and admittedly ridiculous (yet fun!) ICD-10 codes that begged the question, why do we really need this?  And this year, Ebola was delivered to our health system and we have nonspecific codes to report it.  But in ICD-10, we have a very specific code.  Hmm.  Perhaps this ICD-10 thing really could help with reporting and impact patient care.  Just a thought.

So Santa, if I can’t have Ebola for Christmas this year, could I please have ICD-10 so that I can code it for those people who did get it?

Author’s Note: I am not affiliated with Shenanigan’s Toy Emporium or giantmicrobes.com in any way. I am just a really big fan!
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Code for the Day: There’s Even a Code for One of My New Year’s Resolutions! (Y93.E9)

How do people start New Year’s resolutions on January 1?  Am I the only person in the world who bakes, entertains, gift wraps, and parties myself into oblivion until the point where I don’t want to do a darn thing come New Year’s Day?  Here we are on January 14 and I am finally getting things organized enough to focus on how to better myself in 2013. 

Oh sure, I had lofty goals.  Last year, we took an awesome New Year’s day hike at Red Rocks Park near Denver.  And we were going to do it again.  But this year 2013 hit us in a sleep deprived state so we decided to forgo the hike and head to a late breakfast instead.  We did end up at Ikea, though, so I suppose a few hours there could technically be classified as a hike.

In general, I hate New Year’s resolutions.  I think they are incredibly cliche and what’s even more cliche is the fact that they never last.  I think the number 1 New Year’s resolution should be to make your New Year’s resolution last longer than a few weeks – maybe even the whole year. 

I try to start out every year with a general plan to get organized and unload myself of unnecessary clutter. I am, after all a super organized coder and that carries over into my home and daily life. So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks organizing my kitchen, planning menus, organizing closets, cutting back on what I eat (duh, who doesn’t have that resolution!), and decluttering my physical space.  And I was so delighted to find that there is, in fact, a code for that:

  • Y93.E9, Activity, other interior property and clothing maintenance

If only there was a companion code specific to shoe shopping – then I could code the before and the after!

What’s in Store for 2013?

Happy New Year to all of you!  I am not sure what is in store for my blog in 2013, but I continue to look around for inspiration. For now I am still inspired by the Code for the Day, even though it doesn’t seem to come every day. Look for an FAQs page coming some time in the next couple of months for people interested in a coding career.  And best wishes for keeping your New Year’s resolution past first quarter!
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