Life in the ICD_10 Lane

ICD-9 was a hard-headed code set.
It was brutally outdated, and ICD-10 was terminally delayed.
The AMA held it up, and CMS held it for ransom in of the heart of the old, cold coding system.
ICD-10 had a nasty reputation as a complicated system.
They said it was ruthless; they said it was rude.
ICD-9 and ICD-10 had one thing in common: they are both to diagnose.
Providers said, “Faster, faster. My process is turning to dread.”
Life in the ICD-10 lane.
Surely, ICD-10 will make you lose your mind, mmm.
Are you with me so far?

Eager for action and hot for implementation.
The coming transition, the drop of productivity.
You knew all the right codes, took all the right courses.
You went through outrageous hoops, hopin’ to get paid.
There were service lines on the form, pointers on the claim.
You pretended not to notice, caught up in the race.

Diagnosing every evening, until it was light.
You were too tired to make it, but too tired to fight.
Life in the ICD-10 lane.
Surely, make you lose your mind.
Life in the ICD-10 lane, every code all the time.
Life in the ICD-10 lane, uh-huh.
Bummin’ and burnin’, blinded by specificity,
You didn’t see the date of service, took a turn for the worse.

I said, “Listen, baby. You can hear the diagnosis ring. We’ve been up and down this code set; haven’t seen a goshdarn thing.”
You said, “Call the doctor. I think I’m gonna crash.”
“The doctor say he’s comin’, but you gotta give him stats.”
You went rushin’ down that diagnosis,
Messed around and got lost.
Didn’t care, you were just dyin’ to get paid.

And it was life in the ICD-10 lane,
Life in the ICD-10 lane.


So, the transition to ICD-10 has been a bit quiet so far. But, many of the implementation repercussions—like claim denials or payment delays—have yet to rear their heads. This means it could take several weeks—or even months—for providers to get a true sense of what it means to live life in the ICD-10 lane.