The ICD is no small matter.
But, it becomes a laughing matter when a specialized agency of the United Nations--in this instance, the World Health Organization (WHO)--get its mitts onto the ICD.
In a Weekly Standard article, Stephen Hayes, paints the portrait writing how, on October 1, 2014, the United States will implement WHO's ICD-10. The document includes codes similar to these:
- suicide by jellyfish (T63622A--toxic effect of contact with other jellyfish, intentional self-harm, initial encounter);
- injured during the forced landing of a spacecraft (V9542XA--forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, initial encounter);
- sucked into the engine of an airplane (V9733XA--sucked into jet engine, initial encounter);
- death from jumping from burning water-skis (V9027XA--drowning and submersion due to falling or jumping from burning water-skis, initial encounter); and,
- attack from another human with frog venom (T63813A--toxic effect of contact with venomous frog, assault, initial encounter).
Forget the fact that the codes are broken down into "initial encounter," "subsequent encounter" and "sequela." Or that there can be several "initial encounters." Or that the number of codes in the new system increases by a factor of 9118% from 17,000 to 155,000. Or that physicians and hospitals expect the implementation of ICD-10 to lead to a drop in productivity and revenue.
No, for The Motley Monk, the burning question is: If there is a suicide by jellyfish or if someone is sucked into the engine of an airplane or if someone dies from jumping from burning water skis, how possibly was the "event" an "initial encounter"? Was it not a once-and-forever event? Just how many times can an individual commit suicide or be sucked into the engine of an airplane or die from jumping from burning water skis? Apparently, WHO personnel have found multiple ways.
The true believers in the hope and change that's associated with Obamacare aren't persuaded by such mocking humor that points out what's obvious. After all, the true believers assert, this is the UN's WHO that we're talking about and the ICD-10 which is crucial for Obamacare's success.
Take, for example, the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which runs Obamacare, Jeff Hinson. He called ICD-10 "the foundation for health care reform."
Let the discussion begin...
To read Stephen F. Hayes' article in the Weekly Standard, click on the following link: