October 29, 2015
Carl Natale

CMS offers some ICD10 data, but not much else

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released some ICD-10 metrics Thursday. And I'm not sure what to make of them.
January 29, 2015
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Analytics: Keeping your eye on your KPIs

A lot of metrics are going to change come Oct., 1— ICD-10 Day — and they will likely affect a hospital’s entire revenue cycle for a while. There are many variables involved here — and hundreds of...
October 29, 2014
Carl Natale

ICD-10 vs. Ebola: How to use data

I'm all for finding ways to use ICD-10 codes to solve the world's problems. But I'm not sure it's the right tool for the fight against Ebola. I am familiar with the infographic that has been passed...
July 26, 2014
Carl Natale

Don't Shoot! ICD-10 is just the messenger

We spend a lot of time arguing about the value of ICD-10 implementation.  Denny Flint thinks the ICD-10 debate is off the mark. The real issue is the data contained in ICD-10 codes. There are massive...
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 27, 2014
Carl Natale

Can low-testosterone therapy give us a reason to embrace ICD-10 implementation?

Last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a study that linked testosterone therapy with heart disease. The study examined 8,700 records of men in the Veteran's...
November 20, 2013
Carl Natale

How to make the most of ICD-10 testing

"This is only a test," is one of those phrases meant to put people at ease. When it comes to ICD-10 testing, maybe healthcare professionals shouldn't be at ease. They should approach ICD-10 testing...
November 16, 2013
Carl Natale

Do you know how much healthcare data is being collected now?

Ron Mills has an interesting series of posts that cover ICD-10 basics that doesn't cover all the old territory that almost every other blog does. In this post, he makes an interesting point about...
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...
October 19, 2012
Carl Natale

The problem with gathering more healthcare data

One of the great promises of ICD-10 coding is the wealth of data it will create. That leads to two questions: Do we really need all that data? Is the cost worth it? Those are the two questions...