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....
May 01, 2014
Carl Natale

The new ICD-10 deadline is Oct. 1, 2015

OK, we have a deadline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) released a statement Thursday that sets the deadline for ICD-10 implementation at Oct. 1, 2015 — the earliest possible...
November 08, 2013
Carl Natale

CMS: How to identify how ICD-10 codes will affect your medical practice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released some advice on how to assess how ICD-10 coding will affect medical practices: In order to be fully prepared for the October 1, 2014, ICD-...
July 27, 2013
Carl Natale

Why we don't see any 'ICD-9 Kills' bumper stickers

A while back, I got a comment on one of my more critical posts about the opposition to ICD-10 implementation. "I would like to hear of an example where a patient will die because of ICD-9. Virtually...
July 24, 2013
Carl Natale

Six steps for aligning ICD-10 timelines with healthcare vendors

 There are six phases to working with healthcare vendors on ICD-10 implementation. Review your contract Are there any additional costs involved for upgrades or ongoing maintenance?...
July 22, 2013
Carl Natale

ICD-10 codes present more options for many diagnoses

Last week I discussed how to prepare ICD-10 education for medical staff members who won't need to know ICD-10 codes.  The transition will change systems and procedures they will have to understand...
July 19, 2013
Carl Natale

Can ICD-10 information lead to better patient care?

Time Magazine actually has a decent article on the ICD-10 debate. I'm surprised because it doesn't rely on flaming water skis or walking into lamp posts to make a point. It recognizes the high cost...
July 18, 2013
Carl Natale

Why physicians are worried about reimbursements after Oct. 1, 2014

Oct. 1, 2014, is the deadline for all HIPAA covered entities to convert to ICD-10 codes. That means entities such as worker's compensation payers and casualty insurers don't have to convert. There...
July 17, 2013
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Training: How to educate your support staff

Because ICD-10 implementation will affect all departments in a medical practice or hospital, all staff members will need some sort of ICD-10 training. There will be some staff who aren't medical...
July 15, 2013
Carl Natale

Get to the root of gastric artery embolization

What do you code when a patient is in your hospital for treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding? That's the basis for the latest 3M ICD-10 coding challenge. Each month, 3M will offer a real-life...