ICD-10 Follies – S40.861A

S40.861A: Insect bite (nonvenomous) of right upper arm, initial encounter (There are separate codes for injuries on the head, neck, throat, shoulder, abdomen, upper arm, lower arm, chest, upper back, lower back, and so on.)

via ICD-10 Follies: Bug Bites.

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America’s Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted – The Atlantic

I asked Peter Senge about that. How to try to live and work in a sane way when you’re in the middle of insanity: a voracious workplace that will eat you alive, friends and neighbors who raise eyebrows if you pull your kids out of some competitive activity. He gave some important advice: Create your own community, a network of like-minded people. Humans are wired to conform—that’s why these cultural pressures, however silly they may seem, wield such power over us. So find a group that fits your values that would make you happier to conform to.

via America’s Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted – Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic.

The October Surprise that Could Cripple the Practice of Medicine

In an effort to push specificity to the limit, some ICD-10 codes have gotten silly. Codes exist for being hurt at the opera (Y92253), walking into a lamppost (Y92253), walking into a second lamppost (W2202XD), getting sucked into a jet engine (V97.33XD), and being burned due to water skis on fire (V91.07XD).

But this is not the Achilles heel of the ICD-10.

First, medical practices and hospitals must know and have all of these 68 thousand codes readily available to add to the medical record in order to bill correctly and hope to be paid.

via Articles: The October Surprise that Could Cripple the Practice of Medicine.

Students’ Top Goals Are Work-Life Balance, Security – Talent Management magazine

Students’ Tops Goals Are Work-Life Balance, Security – Talent Management magazine.

Work-Life balance.  One of the questions I’ve posed to my own kids over the years has been:

Do you live to work or work to live?

Being honest and true to yourself when answering this question will enable you to have a quantum leap towards the life you want to live.

Drug Safety Labeling Changes – February 2014

Safety Information > February 2014.

Get to Know an Enzyme: CYP3A4.

I routinely check the FDA drug safety information for personal reasons.  One thing led to another, thus the reason for the CYP3A4 link.  If you like puzzles, try to figure out why I’m reading up on CYP3A4.  My son the molecular biochemist soon to be MD would have no problem figuring this out.

 

Proliferative Retinopathy in Type 1 Diabetes Is Associated With Cerebral Microbleeds, Which Is Part of Generalized Microangiopathy

CONCLUSIONS: In PDR+ patients, cerebral microbleed prevalence was higher and seems part of generalized microangiopathy that may affect the skin and the brain.

via Proliferative Retinopathy in Type 1 Diabetes Is Associated With Cerebral Microbleeds, Which Is Part of Generalized Microangiopathy.