October 01, 2014
Carl Natale

ICD-10 questions that still need answers

Last year on this date, we were one year away from ICD-10 implementation. The more things change, the more they stay the same. And in that spirit, I'm revisiting my Oct. 1, 2013, blog post on ICD-10...
May 20, 2014
Carl Natale

Four questions about ICD-10 implementation that still need answering

On Oct. 1, 2013, I marked the 12-month countdown to ICD-10 implementation by attempting to answer some basic questions. Now that more than six months have passed, physicians are still asking them?...
December 28, 2013
Carl Natale

What were the most important events in ICD-10 development?

I think it's safe to call it a year and look back the top ICD-10 stories of 2013. I don't think we're going to see anything happen Monday or Tuesday. It's hard to see anything that happened in 2013....
October 01, 2013
Carl Natale

Oct.1, 2014: Four questions physicians are still asking a year from the ICD-10 deadline

One year from today, we will be using ICD-10-CM/PCS codes to classify medical diagnoses and procedures. Are you going to be ready? [Poll: Is your organization going to be ready to use ICD-10 codes on...
June 21, 2013
Carl Natale

Why Mostashari insists the ICD-10 deadline is written in stone

I tend to believe Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for healthcare IT, when he insists the ICD-10 compliance deadline is the final deadline. And I'm sure every other federal bureaucrat...
March 15, 2013
Carl Natale

The deadline is the deadline until it changes

For some reason, there's a lot of time dedicated to what Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acting director, said about the ICD-10 compliance deadline. It's Oct. 1,...
December 26, 2012
Carl Natale

Top 3 stories that shaped ICD-10 implementation in 2012

There were a lot of announcements and events in 2012 that influenced the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. But there were three major events that were key in shaping how and when we implement ICD-10 coding....
November 30, 2012
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Timeline: What small providers need to do

Healthcare organizations are in varying stages of ICD-10 preparedness. It seems the bigger organizations have done the most work and are more confident of meeting the Oct. 1, 2014, compliance date....
October 22, 2012
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Timeline: 3 elements of an ICD-10 training and education plan

ICD-10 training is going to require more than sending medical coders to classes to learn new diagnosis codes. They need more than ICD-10 coding classes. Non-coding staff members will need to learn...
October 08, 2012
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Impact Assessment: Determine what's outside of your control

The purpose of an impact assessment is to determine how ICD-10 implementation will affect a healthcare organization. Last week, we looked how the people, processes and technologies will be impacted...