Why Is Everyone Searching for Funny ICD-10 Codes?

Posted on October 2, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

As was pretty much expected, ICD-10’s go live date has come and gone without much fanfare. Give it a few months and we’ll see where we’re at. I loved these live tweets of the ICD-10 go live by MTS Healthcare:

What? Doctors weren’t ready and trained on ICD-10? Not surprising. They’ll get trained now that they need to know the codes. They’re fast learners.

One thing that was a little odd to me was that both of my top blogs got hammered with search engine traffic from people searching for some variation of Crazy ICD-10 codes. I love that on this site they were getting a post that puts the Crazy ICD-10 codes in perspective.

Hopefully those going through an ICD-10 implementation were just trying to lighten the mood during the switchover. That’s not such a bad thing. Although, I was pretty shocked my the massive spike in traffic for that search. I hope that as they make light of the so called “funny ICD-10 codes”, they’ll remember that we had some funny ICD-9 codes as well.

ICD-10 is here. No more delays. Now I’ll be interested to watch and see the impact it has on healthcare in the US.