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Injured In A Hang Glider Crash? There's A Code For That

When ICD-10 is implemented, hang glider accidents will finally become part of the official medical billing code. (Image via WHYY using 2015 Diagnosis Codes from ICD10Data.com and ShutterStock photo)
When ICD-10 is implemented, hang glider accidents will finally become part of the official medical billing code. (Image via WHYY using 2015 Diagnosis Codes from ICD10Data.com and ShutterStock photo)

There’s a huge change in healthcare coming that patients have maybe never heard of. On October 1st, the coding system used to repay medical providers is getting a massive overhaul. The billing codes, called ICD-9, currently contain 14,000 codes. With the overhaul, called ICD-10, these codes will grow by over 140,000.

While it's admittedly pretty boring on the surface, this stuff is the lifeblood of the U.S. health care system so any change is bound to cause some hand-wringing. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Todd Bookman from The Pulse at WHYY reports.

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  • Todd Bookman, innovation reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia. He tweets @toddbookman.
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