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).
January 11, 2017

ICD-10 coding is only as good as the documentation

It's worth emphasizing that healthcare providers cannot code what has not been documented in the clinical notes or reports. Even when it means leaving money on the table.
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.
September 14, 2016
Carl Natale

Are healthcare payers going to pile on with ICD-10 denials?

Deborah Grider, a healthcare consultant at Karen Zupko & Associates, told Eramo that healthcare payers are starting to deny claims based upon unspecified codes. Grider predicted that payers will expect more "specificity and documentation accuracy."
August 31, 2016
Carl Natale

Improve ICD-10 coding with the right EHR

When the U.S. healthcare system moved to ICD-10 coding, some physicians complained that the new codes made it harder to do their jobs. Often they cited multiple pull-down menus that took too much time.
August 08, 2016
Carl Natale

Diagnosing what ails ICD-10 coding

Up to last year, there was no shortage of dire predictions of what will go wrong once U.S. healthcare implements ICD-10-CM/PCS coding.
February 16, 2016
Carl Natale

Why ICD-10 preparation did not end Oct. 1

Despite the "too-soon-to-tell" lens we're using to examine the effects of ICD-10 coding, I'm pretty sure the healthcare providers who invested in preparation are doing the best.
December 30, 2015
Carl Natale

Three ways ICD-10 coding will affect 2016

This is the time to do a year-in-review post. But the only event worth recapping was the adoption of ICD-10 coding Oct. 1. In the time since, we've constantly noted that there wasn't enough data to know if that was a good thing or not.
August 26, 2015
Carl Natale

Is your EHR helping or hurting your ICD-10 transition?

Sometimes when someone gets angry about my ICD-10 advocacy, they drag the electronic health record into the argument. The EHR they use already is frustrating and time consuming. ICD-10 complexity will make it worse.