The haunting of health IT: Ten ICD-10-CM codes for Halloween

Although it’s hard to believe, Halloween is almost here. And, no matter what creepy encounter All Hallows Eve brings your way, you can bet that there’s an ICD-10-CM code for that.
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In a year where everything feels pretty terrifying, there’s something comforting about good old-fashioned Halloween horrors. What’s more, you can feel safe in all your spooky encounters knowing that whatever hauntings come your way, there’s a medical coding term to match.

Other wilderness area as the place of occurrence of the external cause – Y92.828

Was this code added before or after The Blair Witch Project came out? Asking for a friend…

Assault by sword or dagger – X99.2

Hopefully it was plastic?

Walked into lamppost, initial encounter – W22.02xA

The codes are there for you when that darned eye mask just won’t stay put.

Bizarre personal appearance – R46.1

We’re guessing that clinicians on the night shift get a lot of use out of this code every October 31.

Injury due to activity, sewing – Y93.D2

For when you just can’t bake any more bread and picked “DIY Halloween costume” as your next pandemic project.

Open bite of unspecified part of neck, initial encounter – S11.95xA

There’s always someone who takes their costume a little too seriously, and we’re lookin’ at you, “Dracula”.

Fear of blood – F40.230

Whether it’s the real deal or the fake syrup-ketchup mixture, rest assured that any blood phobias can integrate straight into your EHR’s medical problem list.

Nightmare disorder – F51.5

If non-stop horror movies have been keeping you awake all October, breathe easy knowing you’re about to get a reprieve for another year.

Allergic contact dermatitis due to cosmetics – L23.2

Because sensitive skin and a full mask of face paint sounds like a recipe for disaster.

Strange and inexplicable behavior – R46.2

Just when we thought things couldn’t get weirder, Halloween will probably prove us wrong with some head-turning spooky shenanigans.

Can’t get enough of seasonal codes? The holidays are right around the corner. And, if you need to brush up on recent ICD-10-CM updates, we’ve got a quick overview and an in-depth webinar with coding experts to get you up to speed. 

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