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December 21, 2016
Carl Natale

Why small practices may be struggling after ICD-10 grace period

There's no evidence that small medical practices and independent physicians are having problems since the grace period on ICD-10 specificity ended Oct. 1.
December 20, 2016
Carl Natale

How to strengthen ICD-10 implementation

There is always room for improvement. And healthcare providers can improve their coding productivity and revenue cycles.
December 19, 2016

Keep your eye on ICD-10 specificity

Many ICD-10-CM codes for diagnosing diseases and injuries to eyes have been revised and increased for 2017. Riva Lee Asbell takes a look at the important changes for medical practices and how to use them.
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 14, 2016
Carl Natale

How to spot a rockstar medical coder in your medical practice

Well the AAPC has listed the five characteristics of rockstar medical coders. It seems like a pretty good list of traits that make medical coders an essential part of healthcare.
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.
December 12, 2016
Carl Natale

We continue to misunderstand ICD-10's 7th character

After 13 months of using ICD-10 codes, there still are people who misunderstand what the seventh character in ICD-10 designates.
December 11, 2016
Carl Natale

Healthcare still figuring out how ICD-10 coding has shifted DRGs

When theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recast the Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRGs) for ICD-10 codes, it did so to make them revenue neutral.
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.
December 04, 2016
Carl Natale

Laterality needed in CPT and ICD-10 codes

Redundancy is rarely desired. But when it comes to medical coding, it seems to be still be a virtue.

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