July 28, 2015
Carl Natale

Why we need to move on from ICD-9 coding: Yoga

I don't understand how U.S. healthcare can exist with ICD-9 coding any longer. This is a ridiculous system.
July 07, 2015
Carl Natale

Why you may need ICD-9 codes after Oct. 1

This is not about a Congressional delay of ICD-10 implementation nor the reluctance of non-HIPAA covered entities. It's about why there may be legitimate reasons why healthcare providers may need to use ICD-9 codes after the ICD-10 deadline.
September 22, 2014
Carl Natale

Is this a good time to learn ICD-9 coding?

This space on Mondays is dedicated to learning ICD-10 codes for obvious reasons. But I want to give a quick minute to learning ICD-9 coding. Whether medical billing students need to learn ICD-9...
August 26, 2014
Carl Natale

Why you need to get physicians ready for ICD-10 coding now

Earlier this month, Andy Arends of Dell Services wrote about the need for proper physician readiness as part of ICD-10 preparation. It's a bit of a no-brainer because physicians will be essential in...
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 24, 2014
Carl Natale

CMS extends ICD-10-CM/PCS code freeze another year

It's no big surprise. If you extend the ICD-10 compliance deadline, the partial code freeze has to move also. This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended that code freeze...
May 03, 2014
Carl Natale

ICD-10 end-to-end testing takes a hit

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had a busy week. In a couple announcements about ICD-10 compliance, we need to know three things: Oct. 1, 2015, is the new ICD-10...
April 28, 2014
Carl Natale

Do you need to be a good ICD-9 coder to be a good ICD-10 coder?

If medical practices are trying to figure out what to do about ICD-10 training with the ICD-10 deadline being moved out at least 12 months, maybe they ought to reinforce ICD-9 education. Michelle...
May 07, 2013
Carl Natale

Study shows how 'convoluted' ICD-10 transition can get

How complicated the ICD-10 transition will be for your medical practice or hospital will depend on your specialty and case load. A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics...
December 11, 2012
Carl Natale

Examine your ICD-9 codes to start your ICD-10 assessment

Maybe the most important step to planning your ICD-10 transition is to collect information on how ICD-9 codes are used.This means reviewing how and where you use ICD-9 codes now. Wherever you...