February 28, 2017
Carl Natale

Who knew healthcare is 'so complicated?'

President Donald Trump offered an interesting assessment of U.S. healthcare while addressing the National Governors Association on Monday.
January 31, 2017
Carl Natale

Outgoing DHHS administrators: Give healthcare data a chance

As we watch the Trump administration take over the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Republicans stumble toward a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we can only guess what kind of changes will be made to U.S. healthcare.
January 29, 2017
Carl Natale

ICD-10 coding likely to play a big role in healthcare reforms

Any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) shouldn't kill ICD-10 coding. The two were mandated by separate laws from separate presidents.
January 03, 2017
Carl Natale

Three things that can affect ICD-10 coding in 2017

U.S. healthcare has been using ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for more than a year so there doesn't seem like anything new could happen. But there are three things that might make their marks on the code sets.
November 27, 2016
Carl Natale

Could a DHHS led by Tom Price embrace ICD-10 coding?

If the granular ICD-10 codes have any utility in sorting out healthcare fraud or waste, it's going to be hard to imagine Price not becoming a huge ICD-10 advocate.
November 13, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 diagnoses that may be needed after the election

Many people on both sides of the election are glad that it's over. But medical coders may have noticed some diagnoses that have risen in the closing days.
August 15, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 implementation: A tale of two camps

I don't know about you but I'm never going to tell my grandchildren stories about when I was a proponent of ICD-10 implementation. No, I'm not ashamed. I'm just not willing to be that boring.
March 22, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 data already part of the opiate debate

Opiate addiction is one of the issues that gets a lot of attention from the media and politicians. It helps to have good data that helps define the problem and lead to solutions.
September 26, 2015
Carl Natale

Are we really going to be using ICD-10 codes on Thursday?

On Thursday, I met with a group of HIMSS Media editors about what will happen Oct. 1. We weren't sure there would be a lot of action Thursday.
August 29, 2015
Carl Natale

We have an ICD-10 Ombudsman and positive end-to-to end testing

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), named William Rogers, MD, director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at CMS, as the ICD-10 Ombudsman.