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December 07, 2016
Carl Natale

Four needed elements in ICD-10 queries

There should be no question anymore. ICD-10 codes need to be as specific as as possible. But Stephanie Ellis of Ellis Medical Consulting in Franklin, Tennessee, has found that missing specificity is a common coding error.
November 26, 2016
Carl Natale

Do all ICD-10 codes have to be specific?

Last week someone asked a question about the use of N39.0 for documenting urinary tract infections. The healthcare provider's billing office wanted the right ICD-10 code designating the infectious agent.
November 12, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 specificity may not be a documentation problem

There may be a tendency to blame a lack of specificity in ICD-10 coding on clinical documentation. After all it's mostly physicians who complain about the documentation burden. So they must be failing to capture enough detail to assign a specific ICD-10 code.
October 30, 2016
Carl Natale

Specific advice for boosting ICD-10 specificity

The bad news may be that ICD-10 codes are expected to be more specific after Oct. 1. But the good news is that healthcare providers have been using ICD-10 codes — specific and unspecified — for more than a year.
October 25, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 codes and documentation need to get more specific

It's too early to tell if the end of the ICD-10 specificity grace period is having any effect, but there are signs of optimism that heathcare providers will get more specific without much trouble.
October 09, 2016
Carl Natale

The transition to ICD-10 specificity should be smooth

It's only been a week, but there's no real evidence that end of the ICD-10 grace period has had an impact on U.S. healthcare.
September 14, 2016
Carl Natale

Are healthcare payers going to pile on with ICD-10 denials?

Deborah Grider, a healthcare consultant at Karen Zupko & Associates, told Eramo that healthcare payers are starting to deny claims based upon unspecified codes. Grider predicted that payers will expect more "specificity and documentation accuracy."
August 23, 2016
Carl Natale

Was the ICD-10 flexibility worth it?

In less than a month and a half, theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will start requiring more specific ICD-10 codes.
August 22, 2016
Carl Natale

CMS clarifies what the end of ICD-10 flexibilities means

Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seemed to overcome the American Medical Association's (AMA) vigorous opposition to ICD-10 implementation by allowing a one-year grace period for ICD-10 flexibility.
July 31, 2016
Carl Natale

Who's worried about ICD-10 updates or increased specificity?

A whole new set of ICD-10-CM/PCS updates is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

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