How to make a disesease - and a "cure"
by Hugh Young
A forthcoming diagnostic code proposes to make a normal baby's foreskin a "disorder" and its treatment - circumcision - billable.
When a boy is born, his foreskin has usually not separated from his glans (head), and it commonly takes several years to separate, sometimes not until puberty.
Home > 2013 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes > Diseases of the genitourinary system N00-N99 > Diseases of male genital organs N40-N53 > Disorders of prepuce N47-
> 2013 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code N47.0
Adherent prepuce, newborn
ICD-10-CM N47.0 is part of Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v28.0):
Convert ICD-10-CM N47.0 to ICD-9-CM
The following ICD-10-CM Index entries contain back-references to ICD-10-CM N47.0:
This seems to be an attempt to implement (by stealth?) the AAP Task Force on Circumcision's recommendation that non-therapeutic infant circumcision should regain Medicaid coverage, to stem the decline in unnecessary circumcisions.