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September 26, 2016
Carl Natale

Specificity in ICD-10 fracture codes becomes more important

In less than a week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will require healthcare providers to assign ICD-10 codes to the highest level of specificity. While unspecified ICD-10 codes will be available, there will be many cases when unspecified options won't fly.
September 19, 2016
Carl Natale

Six ICD-10 guideline updates worth knowing

A couple weeks ago we reminded everyone that the ICD-10-CM/PCS guidelines are being revised in addition to the codes on Oct. 1.
September 12, 2016
Carl Natale

Small changes in ICD-10 coding quality could mean big money

Large healthcare organizations have realized that small changes in ICD-10 accuracy can mean millions of dollars in revenue.
September 11, 2016
Carl Natale

Subsequent explanations of ICD-10-CM 7th character

This is another post revisiting the seventh character used in ICD-10-CM codes for injuries and poisonings. The most common confusion seems to be the "subsequent encounter" is used to describe multiple injuries by turtles, jet engines and lampposts.
September 05, 2016
Carl Natale

How unspecified can ICD-10 codes be?

In less than a month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will end the grace period for less-than-specific ICD-10 coding. The grace period only has applied to Medicare claims, but many healthcare payers followed suit.
August 29, 2016
Carl Natale

Sharpening ICD-10 skills is serious — and fun — business

Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10
August 22, 2016
Carl Natale

Some ICD-10 updates for pediatrics, orthopedics and obstetrics

Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10:
August 15, 2016
Carl Natale

How to work with DSM-5 and ICD-10 coding

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) is a way to classify mental disorders. And there is some overlap with diagnoses in ICD-10-CM
August 08, 2016
Carl Natale

Get the right ICD-10 codes and DRG assignments

Medical coding is more than just getting the ICD-10-CM/PCS codes correct.
August 01, 2016
Carl Natale

Brushing up on ICD-10 coding

Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10.

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