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October 11, 2016
Carl Natale

Why ICD-10 specificity may not come from healthcare payers

On Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ended the grace period that allowed some less-than-specific ICD-10 codes to be submitted. There were some observations that private healthcare payers had their own grace period. Some unspecified ICD-10 codes were being accepted when more specific codes could be used.
October 09, 2016
Carl Natale

The transition to ICD-10 specificity should be smooth

It's only been a week, but there's no real evidence that end of the ICD-10 grace period has had an impact on U.S. healthcare.
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.
August 08, 2015
Carl Natale

It's time to cheat on your ICD-10 implementation

Rhonda Butler, a Senior Clinical Research Analyst with 3M Health Information Systems, has a pretty good idea for physicians who dread the ICD-10 implementation.
January 27, 2015
Carl Natale

Why some ICD-10 codes are for the birds

There's a possibility that seals transmitted tuberculosis (TB) to humans in North America at some point. The research is tentative though. (Hat tip to Michelle Leppert for the seal knowledge.) But...
November 13, 2014
Carl Natale

Guest Post: ICD-10 holds true promise for improved clinical terminology

It is common knowledge that ICD-10 CM & PCS code sets will increase granularity, improve axes of classification and provide a more scientific approach to coding, opening up tremendous growth in...
September 25, 2014
Carl Natale

AHIMA gives Capitol Hill some good arguments for ICD-10 implementation

Maybe the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) should take its show on the road. I'm talking about Sue Bowman, AHIMA’s senior director of coding policy and compliance, and...
August 11, 2014
Carl Natale

Embrace the specificity of ICD-10-CM codes

If you haven't started learning ICD-10 coding, the thought of trying to master 68,000 diagnosis codes seems intimidating. Sue Bowman, RHIA, CCS, senior director of coding policy and compliance for...
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....
February 11, 2014
Carl Natale

Maybe the ICD-10 codes do have some unnecessary granularity

I'm a pretty strong advocate of data granularity and diagnosis code specificity. But maybe the ICD-10 code set has gone a code too far. David Pittman, of MedPage Today, thinks that "assault by...

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