ICD-10 has brought along so many codes. There are so many specific codes that may not get used throughout the year.

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, it is very important to brush up on ICD-10 codes that may affect your coding or even you this Thanksgiving! 

When it comes to the turkey, be careful to avoid W61.43 pecked by a turkey. When coding W61.43 be sure to include the 7th character to indicate initial encounter, subsequent encounter, or sequela.

Be sure to also avoid W61.49 other encounter with a turkey, which includes being charged or scratched by a gobbler. This code will also require a 7th character to further explain the encounter.

When getting prepared for Thanksgiving, there are several codes that may not be used very often throughout the year, but can be very fitting for this holiday.

Remember as you’re getting your yard straightened up to avoid W60 contact with sharp leaves, when coding the encounter we also need to further explain with XA for initial encounter, XD for subsequent encounter, and XS for sequela.

Avoid Y93.E2 injury due to activity- laundry when doing the stack of laundry you need to do before your guests arrive.

Now once Thanksgiving Day is here, there are more coding encounters to beware of. For example, W21 struck by sports equipment, specifically W21.01 stuck by sports equipment- football and S76.312A muscle strain- hamstring when playing out in the yard before Thanksgiving Dinner.

Other honorable mentions for ICD-10 Codes include: 

X10.2 contact with fats and cooking oils

W29.1 contact with electric knife 

W29 contact with powered hand tool/household machinery

V61.8 other specified family occurrences

R12 heartburn

T75.3 motion sickness

Z72.820 sleep deprivation

We hope you have brushed up on your ICD-10 codes for tomorrow for the holiday and have a very happy Thanksgiving!