January 03, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Queries: Is there room for improvement?

If the clinical documentation is missing information that is needed to complete a medical claim, questions need to be asked. And it's a bit more involved than asking, "What is going on here?"
May 11, 2015
Carl Natale

Instead of hating ICD-10 coding, learn to love the documentation

Some healthcare professionals argue it's not the 68,000 ICD-10 codes, it's the documentation that's the problem.
July 16, 2014
Carl Natale

Is CDI the Trojan Horse of the ICD-10 wars?

It may be time to stop trying to get physicians to accept ICD-10 coding. Healthcare providers may be better off worrying about clinical documentation improvement (CDI) instead. First, the CDI program...
May 21, 2014
Carl Natale

ICD-10: What if it stood for 'Improve Clinical Documentation?'

Let's forget about preparing for ICD-10 implementation for a minute. What if healthcare providers focused on improving clinical documentation? A clinical documentation improvement (CDI) already is...
November 05, 2013
Carl Natale

Get ahead of the ICD-10 curve

ICD-10 will impact more than how patients are documented or how charts are coded. It will change how data is collected and processed, touching nearly every area of business and clinical operations....
September 04, 2013
Carl Natale

Is your clinical documentation ready for ICD-10 implementation?

The most important step that you take to prepare for ICD-10 implementation is something you can start now. By improving clinical documentation now, you will be ready to assign ICD-10 codes next year...
February 13, 2013
Carl Natale

Top documentation challenges in the ICD-10 transition

Improving the clinical documentation will be a requirement of the ICD-10 transition. Does it really need to start now? Well Melinda Tully, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, Vice President of Clinical Services &...
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...
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...
July 17, 2012
Carl Natale

Why CAC could fail for many medical practices

The unfortunate part of ICD-10 transition plans is that they are based upon what should work as opposed to what will work. It's not like the healthcare industry has experience managing such massive...