July 27, 2016
Carl Natale

Can healthcare keep the ICD-10 transition a positive experience?

So far, the healthcare industry seems pleased with the ICD-10 transition. The medical claims data has not shown significant increases in denials or decreases in reimbursements. Medical coding productivity is a bit murkier.
July 05, 2016
Carl Natale

Can 'Super Coders' tame ICD-10 documentation?

Medical coders have become incredibly valuable to medical practices since Oct. 1. And not just because they understand ICD-10 coding.
April 04, 2016
Carl Natale

Which came first? ICD-10 or CDI?

Of course clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have been around long before the ICD-10 deadline Oct. 1. But there is an interesting chicken and egg issue here.
March 23, 2016
Carl Natale

CMS reminds us that clinical documentation is an ICD-10 strategy

Last week , the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offered tips on addressing ICD-10 issues. One of the areas to consider is clinical documentation.
March 19, 2016
Carl Natale

CMS offers advice on how to resolve ICD-10 issues

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems (CMS) released the Next Steps Toolkit earlier this month to help healthcare providers work through any problems tied to the Oct. 1 ICD-10 implementation.
March 11, 2016
Carl Natale

How much is ICD-10 productivity hurting?

One of the major concerns about ICD-10 implementation was how hard it would hit medical coding productivity. There were fears that U.S. healthcare would experience productivity losses of 40 percent like Canadian healthcare providers experienced in their ICD-10-CA transition.
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...