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February 13, 2017
Carl Natale

Celebrate these ICD-10 codes on Valentine's Day

We're supposed to be celebrating love on Valentine's Day but it's a day of danger. So brush up on these ICD-10 coding scenarios.
February 12, 2017
Carl Natale

How technology can improve patient care and ICD-10 data care

The debate over the usefulness of ICD-10 data often glosses over a basic point: Physicians resent recording the data — even if it's called clinical documentation.
February 08, 2017
Carl Natale

Why coding audits are features not ICD-10 glitches

It feels weird to consider an increase of coding audits to be a benefit of ICD-10 implementation, but that's what Susan Belley is going for in her Health Management Technology column.
February 07, 2017
Carl Natale

Population health data needs to go beyond ICD-10 codes

One of the big knocks on ICD-10 coding is the expectation that ICD-10 codes will do nothing to improve patient care. The counter argument is that ICD-10 coding will contribute to population health.
February 06, 2017
Carl Natale

ICD-10 coding for tonsillitis

Tonsillitis can be caused either by virus or bacteria. In either case, complete clinical documentation for tonsillitis needs to include...
February 05, 2017
Carl Natale

How medical coders can advance careers after ICD-10 implementation

ICD-10 implementation has changed the medical coding career. Medical coders had to adapt or leave the industry.
February 01, 2017
Carl Natale

ICD-10 complaints often really about documentation

When physicians complain about ICD-10 coding, they're often complaining about the documentation and/or electronic health records (EHRs).
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 30, 2017
Carl Natale

Medical coders are not diagnosticians

A question from the ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines came up in the AAPC ICD-10 Forum recently. Someone asked for help with this statement.
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.

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