July 01, 2016
Carl Natale

CMS releases ICD-10-CM updates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2017 ICD-10-CM files. There will be 1,943 new codes and 422 revisions.
April 28, 2015
Carl Natale

Relax! It's only ICD-10-CM coding

Many healthcare professionals are very worried about the number of diagnosis codes they will need to know in the ICD-10 code set.
September 02, 2014
Carl Natale

Why ICD-10-CM codes are not as absurd as you think

We would never laugh at anyone who was pecked by a parrot — unless they were in a "Three Stooges" film. But we have not problems laughing at diagnosing someone pecked by a parrot. After Oct. 1, 2014...
June 02, 2014
Carl Natale

How to start learning ICD-10-CM codes

The World Health Organization did not design the ICD-10 code set to be memorized. They expected healthcare organizations to use computer systems to look up and assign codes. But there is a structure...
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...
January 30, 2014
Carl Natale

Dear Physicians: Your ICD-10-ready EHR should look like this

As my colleague J. Thomas Ward, M.D., FACEP, said in an earlier article, there are four unique approaches vendors may use to generate ICD-10-CM codes. I believe the fourth approach, “ICD-10 clinical...
January 20, 2014
Carl Natale

It's a good time to practice diagnosis codes for hypothermia

While the temperatures fall, you can keep warm by doing some ICD-10 coding exercises. These examples will be good stretches for the brain: ICD-10-PCS root operation: Creation: You're only going to...
October 22, 2013
Carl Natale

Guest Post: Top communication tips for successful ICD-10-CM preparation

Lack of communication creates major inefficiencies in any project plan. ICD-10 is overwhelming enough in itself; to throw in another major kink like miscommunication can create serious issues....
September 30, 2013
Carl Natale

Medical coders also need to learn how to find required details in clinical documentation

Learning the ICD-10-CM/PCS codes is only part of the challenge. The rest comes from finding the necessary details in the clinical documentation. "ICD-10-CM will represent a larger challenge for...
August 29, 2013
Carl Natale

Guest Post: ICD-10-CM from an optimistic coder’s perspective

In my discussions with coders over the past 18 months, I have found that each coder has a reaction to ICD-10-CM as unique as the person expressing it. The emotions associated with ICD-10-CM cover the...