ICD-codes are supposed to be of massive benefit in hospitals for pricing, statistics and confidentiality-purposes. It’s also a huge schlep, because there are massive volumes of books containing all the codes, so a lot of the doctors simply refuse to use them.
Little Sister is job-shadowing an Occupational Therapist. Says the OT, while trying to convince her staff to use the codes:
There is a code for everything. Even for falling off the toilet! But not for stupidity. Because changing a light bulb on a glass table-top is stupid.
Medical Aids love ICD-codes, and they have recently started refusing coverage unless the practitioner uses codes.
I have to wonder if it’s worth it though? It seems like an awful lot of paperwork to me.