June 27, 2016
Carl Natale

Studies highlight learning curve for ICD-10 surgery codes

While several studies and surveys point to a relatively smooth ICD-10 transition, it hasn't been perfect. There has been a learning curve for certain.
June 19, 2016
Carl Natale

Getting started with ICD-10-PCS codes for surgery

If you're struggling with ICD-10-PCS coding for surgery, check out Melissa McLeod's basic advice for understanding ICD-10 procedure coding.
June 13, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 safe harbor relieves specificity not medical necessity

There is concern that medical practices will feel a lot of pain when healthcare payers require more specific ICD-10 codes. But there may be a bigger problem with medical necessity.
June 06, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10-CM injury coding: 'X' may mark the 6th spot

We spend a lot of time with the seventh character because it seems to be one of the most misunderstood aspects of ICD-10-CM coding. What about that sixth character?
May 30, 2016
Carl Natale

Fire up those ICD-10 codes of summer

If you're looking for beach reading (or poolside), ICD-10 guidelines probably don't come to mind. But thousands of ICD-10 updates do come in effect Oct. 1.
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.