July 18, 2016
Carl Natale

Three cardiology coding changes coming in ICD-10 updates

The Oct. 1, 2016, updates to the ICD-10 code sets includes about 1,943 additional codes and at least 400 code revisions.
July 10, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 coding creates need for learning new skills

ICD-10 implementation doesn't require all clinicians to learn ICD-10 coding but it is putting pressure on some professionals to develop new skills.
July 04, 2016
Carl Natale

So your patients had a blast; you may need these ICD-10 codes

Baseball games, beach trips, and barbecues... oh my! You never know when celebrating the nation's birth day will result in a diagnosis. Here's a round up of recent and past articles on how to code ICD-10 diagnoses that are the result of Fourth of July related activities.
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.