May 29, 2013
Carl Natale

Healthcare providers cannot rely on clearinghouses for ICD-10 implementation

Clearinghouses can be a major help for healthcare providers that need help submitting medical claims to healthcare payers. And they may have a role in the ICD-10 transition. According to the Centers...
May 22, 2013
Carl Natale

Apparently the HIPAA 5010 transition isn't over

Remember the good old days of 2012 when we were worried about how to get through the HIPAA 5010 transition? It seems there are some lucky healthcare providers who get to relive those days. That's...
January 04, 2013
Carl Natale

CMS offers HIPAA 5010 takeaways for ICD-10 transition planning

Last year the HIPAA 5010 transition created some major delays in medical claim reimbursements. Now that the healthcare industry has ironed out the problems, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
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....
July 06, 2012
Carl Natale

How to celebrate your independence from 4010

I started the week by declaring HIPAA 5010 compliance has arrived. That's based upon the fact that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has stopped extending the grace period for...
July 02, 2012
Carl Natale

HIPAA 5010: We're finally in compliance

Unless I missed an email, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started enforcing the HIPAA 5010 standards yesterday. Which is weird since it was mandated since Jan. 1. But the CMS...
June 22, 2012
Carl Natale

Medical codes aren't the only change coming

It's hard to focus on ICD-10 implementation without looking at the big picture. And I'm defining the big picture as how healthcare organizations do business. Ray Desrochers, executive vice...
June 03, 2012
Carl Natale

How to address HIPAA 5010 edits by healthcare providers

Last weekend, I got an e-mail from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) on "How to Avoid Common Version 5010 Claims Rejections." Which surprised because me a bit because I thought the...
June 01, 2012
Carl Natale

Senator prescribes hearings to cure ICD-10 implementation

The politics of ICD-10 implementation has just gotten more interesting. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma and a physician, and Jason Fodeman, M.D., have co-authored a paper that does...
May 18, 2012
Carl Natale

Medical associations argue different points in the ICD-10 debate

The American Medical Association (AMA) started a busy week for letter writing. They sort of make the case for a two-year delay of ICD-10 implementation in a comment letter that also calls for a cost...