August 01, 2016
Carl Natale

Brushing up on ICD-10 coding

Here's a round up of recent articles and posts on how to code diagnoses and procedures in ICD-10.
July 10, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 coding creates need for learning new skills

ICD-10 implementation doesn't require all clinicians to learn ICD-10 coding but it is putting pressure on some professionals to develop new skills.
July 04, 2016
Carl Natale

So your patients had a blast; you may need these ICD-10 codes

Baseball games, beach trips, and barbecues... oh my! You never know when celebrating the nation's birth day will result in a diagnosis. Here's a round up of recent and past articles on how to code ICD-10 diagnoses that are the result of Fourth of July related activities.
June 27, 2016
Carl Natale

Studies highlight learning curve for ICD-10 surgery codes

While several studies and surveys point to a relatively smooth ICD-10 transition, it hasn't been perfect. There has been a learning curve for certain.
June 25, 2016

What are the ICD-10 codes when a Pokemon monster gets a paper cut?

Last week, we played around with how "Pokemon Go" could show up in ICD-10 claims. The healthcare industry isn't finished with Pokemon fun. Debra Marsh has a quick three-question quiz that works in some Pokemon-inspired diagnoses.
June 19, 2016
Carl Natale

Getting started with ICD-10-PCS codes for surgery

If you're struggling with ICD-10-PCS coding for surgery, check out Melissa McLeod's basic advice for understanding ICD-10 procedure coding.
June 13, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 safe harbor relieves specificity not medical necessity

There is concern that medical practices will feel a lot of pain when healthcare payers require more specific ICD-10 codes. But there may be a bigger problem with medical necessity.
June 06, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10-CM injury coding: 'X' may mark the 6th spot

We spend a lot of time with the seventh character because it seems to be one of the most misunderstood aspects of ICD-10-CM coding. What about that sixth character?
May 30, 2016
Carl Natale

Fire up those ICD-10 codes of summer

If you're looking for beach reading (or poolside), ICD-10 guidelines probably don't come to mind. But thousands of ICD-10 updates do come in effect Oct. 1.
May 23, 2016
Carl Natale

Subsequent encounters with the 7th ICD-10 character

It's often written in this space how healthcare providers misunderstand the seventh character of injury codes. It leads to jokes about subsequent encounters with raccoons or lampposts.