Is this a good time to learn ICD-9 coding?
Carl Natale
This space on Mondays is dedicated to learning ICD-10 codes for obvious reasons. But I want to give a quick minute to learning ICD-9 coding.
Recent Posts
CMS looking for ICD-10 testing volunteers
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for healthcare providers to participate in end-to-end testing Jan. 26-30. Read More

ICD-10 Planning: It's deja vu all over again
I have the feeling I have been through this before. No, I'm not talking about the repeated ICD-10 delays. But I have dealt with similar issues earlier in my career. Read More

Maybe we should stop talking about ICD-10 codes
I give up. The American Medical Association (AMA) is right. I no longer believe in ICD-10 coding. Read More

In addition to specificity, ICD-10 codes have a lot of certainty
It seems strange that the ICD-10-CM guidelines require a lot of certainty when so little in life — and medicine — is certain. Read More

Recent Comments
ICD-10 Planning: It's deja vu all over again

Why won't they implement i10 in phases? If ICD-10-PCS were implemented in 2015, it would not affect physicians (PCS is for facilities and only for inpatient procedures) and would get the ball rolling.

ICD-10 Planning: It's deja vu all over again

Or is is Vujà Dé? “You’ve never been here before and neither have I?”

More ICD-10 codes that aren't as funny as you think

Ha! How did I know you'd pick up on my post Carl? :) And I suppose I may have to stand corrected on the "sucked into a jet engine" code? Defensive On: Candidates for jet engine mishaps should generally be aware/careful when near huge machines/engines, are most likely adult males and probably doesn't happen very often - unlike child/infant drownings. Defensive Off. Regardless,thanks for the mention.

How to get started with ICD-10 testing

Carl, Thanks for these helpful tips on testing. And glad that you reiterated the need for real cases and real codes.

ICD-10 Budgeting: What are some of the costs involved?

The ICD-10 implementation will result in an initial decrease in cash flow for even the most prepared healthcare organizations. In addition to following the guidance provided by Carl, review the guidance in this report - ICD-10 and Your Bottom Line for additional strategies to limit the impact on your budget.


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