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February 14, 2017
Carl Natale

Why ICD-10 codes are going to become more important

While Washington, D.C., isn't clear on what will happen to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it doesn't look like MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) will be repealed or replaced. This is important because MACRA is creating a greater emphasis on ICD-10 coding.
November 13, 2013
Carl Natale

Should hospitals use ICD-10-PCS codes for outpatient procedures?

The federal government is going to require a bit of dual coding at hospitals. This isn't anything new. As part of ICD-10 implementation: ICD-10-CM codes will be used for all inpatient and...
August 31, 2013
Carl Natale

Dual coding: Do you want to use CPT and ICD-10-PCS codes?

The only reason you will be required to used an ICD-10-PCS code is if you are coding an inpatient procedure at a hospital. All outpatient procedures will need to be coded using CPT coding. Physician...
June 12, 2012
Carl Natale

How the AMA influences healthcare pricing

The Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) is an American Medical Association committee that makes recommendations of what medical procedures are worth. The radio show Marketplace looks at how the...
May 29, 2012
Carl Natale

How medical practices get a return on CDI and better coding

Let's forget about ICD-10 coding for a moment. Let's talk about how medical practices can make more money. There's an urologist in South Carolina who figured it out: "Two years ago Larry Rabon...