February 19, 2017
Carl Natale

Football injury study may show limits of ICD-10 data

In November, we looked at a study of concussions in Texas youth sports. Observers were at games played by grades 7-12 and recorded injuries.
February 15, 2017
Carl Natale

'Copy-and-paste' reveals a failure of EHR technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has created a bit of a stir with its study, "Examining the Copy and Paste Function in the Use of Electronic Health Records." The study concludes that clinicians are copying data from one electronic source and pasting it into electronic health records (EHRs).
February 12, 2017
Carl Natale

How technology can improve patient care and ICD-10 data care

The debate over the usefulness of ICD-10 data often glosses over a basic point: Physicians resent recording the data — even if it's called clinical documentation.
February 07, 2017
Carl Natale

Population health data needs to go beyond ICD-10 codes

One of the big knocks on ICD-10 coding is the expectation that ICD-10 codes will do nothing to improve patient care. The counter argument is that ICD-10 coding will contribute to population health.
December 31, 2016
Carl Natale

Preventing ICD-10 denials comes down to knowledge

The question of how ICD-10 implementation — and the safe harbor and the 2017 updates — affects claim reimbursements and denials is worth debating. But what's more important to healthcare professionals should be how ICD- 10 coding is affecting their organization.
December 21, 2016
Carl Natale

Why small practices may be struggling after ICD-10 grace period

There's no evidence that small medical practices and independent physicians are having problems since the grace period on ICD-10 specificity ended Oct. 1.
October 26, 2016
Carl Natale

Four roadblocks to improving ICD-10 data collection

There may be optimism that ICD-10 data will provide benefits for healthcare providers but pessimism persists too.
October 18, 2016
Carl Natale

The economics of EHRs vs sharing patient data

There still is a question about how useful ICD-10 data will be to U.S. healthcare. Specifically, there are doubts that diagnosis data isn't enough to draw meaningful conclusions about population health.
October 08, 2016
Carl Natale

How much value does ICD-10 data have?

At the end of September, I noted that the ICD-10 transition was mild compared to dire predictions but physician skepticism remained strong. Joseph Conn writing for Modern Healthcare found agreement on a smooth ICD-10 transition but found little evidence that ICD-10 granularity has created benefits.
September 17, 2016
Carl Natale

Medical practices need to assess ICD-10 impact

As the first anniversary of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation nears, U.S. healthcare isn't sure how to assess its impact.