May 08, 2014
Carl Natale

Guest Post: Optimizing your hospital CAC implementation

Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) is one of the hottest health information technology topics. CAC implementation has taken off in the recent months as hospitals begin their preparations for ICD-10. When...
February 18, 2014
Carl Natale

Why ICD-10 implementation is expected to create productivity losses

There is conventional wisdom that too many ICD-10 codes is going to make it harder for clinicians and medical coders to do their jobs. Thus some studies suggest a 50 percent or more drop in medical...
October 30, 2013
Carl Natale

What if CAC is part of the problem not the solution

We love problems that can be solved by throwing a lot of technology at it. The healthcare industry certainly is in love with technology. For good reason. Technological breakthroughs have led to...
July 03, 2013
Carl Natale

What to expect from a computer-assisted coding system

Healthcare vendors are reassuring providers that they can improve medical coding productivity with computer-assisted coding (CAC) systems. But can hospitals and medical practices rely on those claims...
February 06, 2013
Carl Natale

Top 5 initiatives to make a successful ICD-10 transition

If you're finally planning for the ICD-10 implementation, there are timelines and checklists to guide you. But sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to find advice that will help create a...
January 22, 2013
Carl Natale

Why CAC can't solve all your ICD-10 problems

Americans like to cure things. We're always looking for a pill or procedure to fix what ails us. That also applies to workplace problems. If something doesn't work right, fix the machine or get an...
December 19, 2012
Carl Natale

Why you need to do more than convert ICD-10 codes

The coming ICD-10 transition is about more than converting ICD-9 codes to ICD-10 codes. In many cases, this means changing workflow. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess...
September 26, 2012
Carl Natale

Why you need metrics before you can boost medical coding productivity

ICD-10 implementation has the potential to severely reduce medical coder productivity. This is being tied to greater specificity of ICD-10 codes and medical coder learning curves. Medical practices...
September 21, 2012
Carl Natale

How to get some help assessing ICD-10 financial risk

The financial impact of ICD-10 implementation goes beyond paying for new software. The new medical codes could affect healthcare providers' revenue. Figuring out that financial risk can be as...
July 20, 2012
Carl Natale

The New Math of HIT: CDI + CAC = ROI

While the first half of 2012 was dominated by HIPAA 5010 turmoil and the ICD-10 compliance debate, it may be the push for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) that has the most impact on...