July 12, 2013
Carl Natale

This ICD-10 debate is tame compared to what's coming after Oct. 1, 2014

It's unfair to characterize the ICD-10 debate as a battle between bureaucrats and physicians. Especially since the American Medical Association (AMA) seems to characterize the bureaucrats as...
July 10, 2013
Carl Natale

How to prepare queries for ICD-10 coding

New codes aren't the only thing on the syllabus for ICD-10 education. Medical coders will have to reinforce some old skills and knowledge such as anatomy and physiology. It's also a good idea to get...
July 08, 2013
Carl Natale

Resources to help start your ICD-10 training

If you're looking to start your ICD-10 training, Alison Ritchie of Medical Economics has a list of five resources to help plan ICD-10 education for a medical practice. CMS Provider Resources...
July 05, 2013
Carl Natale

If ICD-10 creates more data, will that be a good thing?

One of the arguments for ICD-10 implementation is that it will create more healthcare data. That is supposed to lead to advances in public health policy and research. Or will it? That question...
July 04, 2013
Carl Natale

The politics of ICD-10 is infected with fear

When physicians speak about healthcare policy, they bring a great deal of expertise and knowledge to the debate. And when those doctors hold public office, we should be able to trust their opinions...
July 03, 2013
Carl Natale

What to expect from a computer-assisted coding system

Healthcare vendors are reassuring providers that they can improve medical coding productivity with computer-assisted coding (CAC) systems. But can hospitals and medical practices rely on those claims...
July 01, 2013
Carl Natale

How to make ICD-10 education a blast

It was a light week for ICD-10 lessons. Which is fine because we have barbecues and fireworks to worry about. Which means Michelle Leppert might have some pyrotechnic-inspired ICD-10-CM codes for us...
June 28, 2013
Carl Natale

How medical practices can mitigate the financial impact of DRG shifts

There is a fair amount of concern among hospitals about how much revenue will be lost if DRGs shift the wrong way. There are a couple ways to estimate the effect of shifting reimbursements: Dual...
June 27, 2013
Carl Natale

The AMA's specific problem with ICD-10 implementation

The American Medical Association's (AMA) decisions to reaffirm it's vigorous opposition to ICD-10 implementation and ask for a two-year grace period surprised me. I know the AMA has never been a fan...
June 24, 2013
Carl Natale

AMA refuses to accept ICD-10 implementation again

When the American Medical Association's (AMA) House of Delegates met last week, its ICD-10 decisions were overshadowed by statements on obesity and guns. The first decision called for a "two-year...