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August 31, 2015
Carl Natale

Stay calm and laugh at the ICD-10 codes

While I'm not a fan of zany collections of ICD-10 codes, I'm going to pass along these five ICD-10 cartoons from athenahealth.
August 25, 2015
Carl Natale

Three ICD-10 diagnostic concepts for family practices

The American Medical Association is vigorously offering ICD-10 educational material as we get closer to Oct. 1. Recently, they focused on three conditions and how documentation changes in the ICD-10 code set.
August 17, 2015
Carl Natale

ICD-10 guidance is available for free

There is some free help for those of you still trying to figure out ICD-10-CMS coding.
August 10, 2015
Carl Natale

The 7th character is most misunderstood character in ICD-10 drama

When someone makes an ICD-10 joke about subsequent encounters with a lamppost or turtle, they're getting a basic part of ICD-10 coding wrong.
August 03, 2015
Carl Natale

Why hospitals would want procedures coded in CPT and ICD-10-PCS coding

With less than two months to go, it shouldn't need repeating that ICD-10-PCS will only be used by hospitals for inpatient procedures. That means hospitals will use CPT codes for outpatient procedures. Remember that's for billing.
July 27, 2015
Carl Natale

ICD-10 coding for EDs doesn't have to be an emergency

When we talk about how many ICD-10 diagnosis codes will be available after Oct. 1, it's a bit of a relief to know that you won't be responsible for all of them. But if you're going to be coding medical claims for an emergency department, you don't get that much relief.
July 20, 2015
Carl Natale

You can pick your ICD-10 code, but can you pick the ICD-10 family?

Part of the deal the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made with the American Medical Association (AMA) is that Medicare won't reject ICD-10 claims as long as the code is in the correct family.
July 12, 2015
Carl Natale

ICD-10-CM/PCS coding will require new levels of specificity

While physicians and politicians have focused on the specificity of ICD-10 diagnosis codes as a potential practice killer, ICD-10 procedure codes have been mostly ignored.
July 06, 2015
Carl Natale

Location, location, location are keys to getting ICD-10 codes right

Much of the the specificity in ICD-10 coding comes from the location of the injury or illness. Getting ICD-10 codes right means getting laterality and or part of the body right.
June 29, 2015
Carl Natale

Everyone should be in some level of ICD-10 training now

We are way past the debate of when is too early to start ICD-10 training. It needs to be done now.

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