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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.
February 26, 2017
Carl Natale

CMS consolidates ICD-10 resources

I admit that when I read that when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was planning to close the Road to 10 website, I was surprised the site was still running.
February 25, 2017
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting to meet March 7-8

The ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meetings are where Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) discuss how the ICD-10 codes sets should be changed. This is how the number of codes grows.
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 25, 2017
Carl Natale

PQRS vs ICD-10 coding: What physicians need to know

While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it won't new Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) standards to healthcare providers. It appears the updated ICD-10 code sets could unfairly lower quality scores.
January 14, 2017

CMS: PQRS penalties are suspended because of ICD-10 updates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reminded the healthcare industry this week that they will not apply 2017 or 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) penalties in some cases.
December 16, 2016

ICD-10 updates prompt CMS to offer safe harbor for PQRS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week it won't penalize in 2017 and 2018 healthcare providers who meet 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) standards.
December 13, 2016
Carl Natale

ICD-10 transition pops up as a cause for concern

While U.S. healthcare seems to be dealing with ICD-10 coding and its updates, there still are a few signs it has caused some issues.
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.