May 30, 2016
Carl Natale

Fire up those ICD-10 codes of summer

It's Memorial Day and that's enough for me to declare the unofficial start of summer. That means a whole lot of more fun outdoors. And  more diagnoses in examining rooms. Let's take a quick look at ...
May 23, 2016
Carl Natale

Subsequent encounters with the 7th ICD-10 character

It's often written in this space how healthcare providers misunderstand the seventh character of injury codes. It leads to jokes about subsequent encounters with raccoons or lampposts.
May 16, 2016
Carl Natale

Use ICD-10 codes for definitive diagnoses not the symptoms

There is some push back on how much documentation needs to capture in ICD-10 coding. But not everything in the patient encounter is an ICD-10 code.
May 09, 2016
Carl Natale

Who's going to learn 6,000 new ICD-10 codes?

On Oct. 1, about 6,000 ICD-10 codes will be activated. That's enough to scare healthcare professionals who feel they are barely able to handle the ICD-10 code set they already have.
May 01, 2016
Carl Natale

Four ways to get the wrong ICD10 codes

Medical practices and hospitals are finding out that mappings and electronic health records (EHRs) are not always getting the correct ICD-10 codes. Medical coders need to work through the documentation to get the right diagnoses and procedures.
April 25, 2016
Carl Natale

Wrap your head around some ICD-10 documentation needs

Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10.
April 17, 2016
Carl Natale

List ICD-10 codes in correct order to preserve medical necessity

The order that diagnosis codes are listed do matter when it comes to reimbursement. And electronic health records (EHRs) might not choose the optimal order.
April 11, 2016
Carl Natale

Can ICD-10 codes measure the effect of Dr. Oz on medical productivity?

About a year and half ago, I found a satirical coding proposal that aimed to capture more revenue for doctors who had to deal with Dr. Oz "diagnoses."
April 03, 2016
Carl Natale

Revisiting ICD-10-PCS basics

When submitting ICD-10-PCS claims, keep an eye out for Diagnostic Related Group (DRG) shifts.
March 28, 2016
Carl Natale

The ICD-10-CM 7th character is a complex one

The seventh character of an ICD-10-CM code is probably the most misunderstood character in the ICD-10 dram. Often, it is used in a joke about how often does someone get bit by a raccoon or sucked into a jet engine.