Top 10 Ridiculous Medical Insurance Codes That Prove Your Life is Going Pretty Well
Unless you work in insurance, you probably haven’t had the pleasure of coming across some of these ridiculous medicinal classifications used to report to insurance companies. Trust us—the code as a whole is not a fun read, but there are a few outliers worth mentioning that definitely shed some light on a side of the medical insurance industry you probably had no idea existed. Here are our favorite medical insurance codes that you (hopefully) won’t see every day.
1. W55.21- Bitten by a cow
Very rarely are cattle the aggressor in situations like these, and usually, biting is not their chosen form of attack. However, in the peculiar circumstance that you do end up in a cow’s chompers, there’s a code for that. Moooooo!
2. Z63.1- Problems in relationship with in-laws
“Arguing” (CC BY 2.0) by hyakushiki_thebest
Find this under the section labeled “supremely under-used.”
3. Y92.253- Injured at the Opera
“Opera House” (CC BY 2.0) by mariana.maia
We didn’t really know that the opera was a thing anymore, but hey, apparently it can be a lot more exciting than most of us thought.
4. R46.1- Bizarre personal appearance
“Monkey” (CC BY 2.0) by samuelrodgers752
How this leads to injury is a mystery, but on the off chance you are a bizarre-looking person (you know who you are), you can try and file this to insurance almost every time.
5. V97.33XD- Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter
Subsequent encounter is the key here. This is not to be used for the first time you get sucked into a jet engine. It’s the second or third time that will really get you.
6. V95.43- Spacecraft collision injuring occupant
“Astronaut” (CC BY 2.0) by Caroline Davis2010
This was previously referred to as code R2-D2.
7. Z62.891- Sibling rivalry
This code should be common knowledge to just about any parent. Heck, it may be time to just tape this to the refrigerator.
8. V91-07XD- Burn due to water skis on fire, subsequent encounter
“Podboy” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by seanosh
Alright, let’s face it. If you’ve faced this situation twice, waterskiing just isn’t your thing.
9. W22.02- Walked into lamp post
This code is most commonly combined with W22.03—public embarrassment.
10. W56.22XA- Struck by orca, initial encounter
This will be just one of many orca attacks, they presume. At Renasant, we actually prefer this kind of “Orca.”