September 22, 2014
Carl Natale

Is this a good time to learn ICD-9 coding?

This space on Mondays is dedicated to learning ICD-10 codes for obvious reasons. But I want to give a quick minute to learning ICD-9 coding. Whether medical billing students need to learn ICD-9...
August 26, 2014
Carl Natale

Why you need to get physicians ready for ICD-10 coding now

Earlier this month, Andy Arends of Dell Services wrote about the need for proper physician readiness as part of ICD-10 preparation. It's a bit of a no-brainer because physicians will be essential in...
June 04, 2014
Carl Natale

If ICD-9 data has value, does ICD-10 data have more value?

One of the reasons used to justify ICD-10 implementation is that the granular data can be used in healthcare research. It's worth noting there is healthcare research being done now with ICD-9 data....
May 24, 2014
Carl Natale

CMS extends ICD-10-CM/PCS code freeze another year

It's no big surprise. If you extend the ICD-10 compliance deadline, the partial code freeze has to move also. This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended that code freeze...
May 03, 2014
Carl Natale

ICD-10 end-to-end testing takes a hit

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had a busy week. In a couple announcements about ICD-10 compliance, we need to know three things: Oct. 1, 2015, is the new ICD-10...
April 28, 2014
Carl Natale

Do you need to be a good ICD-9 coder to be a good ICD-10 coder?

If medical practices are trying to figure out what to do about ICD-10 training with the ICD-10 deadline being moved out at least 12 months, maybe they ought to reinforce ICD-9 education. Michelle...
May 07, 2013
Carl Natale

Study shows how 'convoluted' ICD-10 transition can get

How complicated the ICD-10 transition will be for your medical practice or hospital will depend on your specialty and case load. A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics...
December 11, 2012
Carl Natale

Examine your ICD-9 codes to start your ICD-10 assessment

Maybe the most important step to planning your ICD-10 transition is to collect information on how ICD-9 codes are used.This means reviewing how and where you use ICD-9 codes now. Wherever you...
November 22, 2012
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Assessment: Where do you use ICD-9 codes?

At its heart, the impact assessment tells a medical practice what work will be affected by the ICD-10 transition and how it will change. Finding those areas means identifying the places where the...
November 19, 2012
Carl Natale

Why there aren't as many ICD-10 codes as you think

One of the biggest knocks on ICD-10 code set is the number of codes compared with the number of ICD-9 codes. The implication is that so many new codes are too hard to manage and create a burden upon...