July 05, 2012
Carl Natale

Can ICD-10 codes save lives?

There is a lot of potential in ICD-10 coding. The U.S. version, ICD-10-CM, has 68,000 diagnosis codes. All those codes represent data points that can be mined for rich medical research. We should...
April 25, 2012
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Analytics: Diagnosis codes could create confusion

The proponents of the ICD-10 code set promise much more data because of the increased specificity. But will that extra data be more useful? Brian Eastwood brings up a good point about how more...
January 26, 2012
Carl Natale

HIM Education: Learning how to leverage data generated by more ICD-10 codes

While there are real concerns and challenges that come with ICD-10 implementation, there are benefits. Obtaining more data is one of the benefits discussed in this blog often. But it's not an...
January 24, 2012
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Benefits: A specific example of improving patient care

One of the persistent arguments arguments against ICD-10 coding is that it will have no effect on patient care. On that point, Rhonda Butler seems to agree that updating medical coding doesn't...
January 12, 2012
Carl Natale

Why non-covered entities will want to vigorously implement ICD-10 coding

If there's no vigorous opposition, all of healthcare will be using ICD-10-CM/PCS codes after Oct. 1, 2013. Sort of. It's more accurate to say all covered entities must use the ICD-10 coding system...
December 27, 2011
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Codes: 'Great healthcare is in the data'

Kristine Weinberger understands the American Medical Association's vigorous opposition to ICD-10 implementation. "We are really sympathetic to their position," said Weinberger, a senior healthcare...
November 23, 2011
Carl Natale

Data Mining: The best argument for ICD-10 implementation

The vigorous opposition to ICD-10 is really annoying. Not because I advocate incredibly specific medical codes, costly system upgrades and loss of medical coder productivity. But the response to...
October 10, 2011
Carl Natale

Chief Knowledge Officer: Will ICD-10 create a new breed of healthcare executive?

After Oct. 1, 2013, what are you going to do with all the data that your ICD-10 codes will contain? There are a lot of arguments that it will help transform patient care. But how? This was...
September 29, 2011
Carl Natale

Who's afraid of ICD-10?

So who has ICD-10 nightmares? Do you dream of health records without granularity or electronic claim forms that only accept numbers? Some executives probably dream of unfunded mandates that never...
September 19, 2011
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Granularity: Why you need to take advantage of the data

Besides providing punchlines to amateur comedians, it isn't unreasonable to wonder why there are so many ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. Perficient, an  information technology consulting firm with clients...