For our coding, it's important to categorize certain comorbidities the patients have very specifically, because quite simply, it allows us to get paid more and for the patient to get more time in the hospital. For example, if a patient has congestive heart failure, we have to specify if it is systolic or diastolic.
One problem that many of our patients have is dysphagia. If I write down that a patient has dysphagia, I receive a letter asking me to categorize it, and gives me some options; for example, oral or pharyngeal.
When they showed us the form, one of the options for dysphagia was spideropenic. We were all looking at the form, trying to guess what this word meant. Our best guess was that the patient didn't have enough spiders in order to swallow properly.