I’ve had a lot of jobs in my life. After college and my degree in English and Education, I worked in the Medical Record Department of a large, urban hospital where I had labored part time while attaining my degree. I went on to get a degree in Medical Record Administration (now called Health Information Analyst or Archivist) and worked for years in that business. When my husband opened his own practice, I left the hospital to manage his office. I did every job except dispense medical care. One of my main jobs is coding medical records for billing purposes. This is how physicians and hospitals get paid – coded forms are filed electronically with insurance companies for reimbursement. It’s not rocket science, although it does call for specialized knowledge, including medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and the ability to apply 3-5 digit codes to medical diagnoses. I’ve done that for hundreds if not thousands of physician encounters. Gezillions! Bezillions! Lots.
Imagine my shock when I discovered that there is actually a specialized code for injury sustained while crocheting (or knitting)! Who knew? I know you can use codes to indicate a patient has fallen from a jet ski, had an unfortunate encounter with a dog or tick, or broke a bone while bailing out of an airplane. Who knows why anyone needs that degree of information – but the codes are there. They are called ICD codes and there are tons of them. A book about the size of the white pages for a large metropolitan city contains those codes in fine print. They are cross-indexed numerically and alphabetically. They’re a pain. But, apparently not as much pain as one can get from wielding a crochet hook.
So, watch out or I’ll have to fill out an electronic form indicating that you’ve got Y93D1, the code indicating you’ve sustained a crochet-related injury.
I’m wondering if we need to take umbrage at the fact that knit and crochet injuries are lumped together but specific birds each receive their own codes? I mean, does it really matter if a canary or a parakeet bites you? I think a knitting needle could wreak far more havoc than a crochet hook. But, maybe it’s just me….
Should you feel the need to learn more about this latest coup of the medical industrial complex, please refer to this article. And, darnnit, be careful that you don’t poke your eye out with that hook!
By jd wolfe