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3M Computer Assisted Coding and Natural Language Processing Aids Small Hospitals

Garri Garrison, Director of Emerging Business for 3M Health Information Systems, tells how 3M has combined computer-assisted coding (CAC) and natural language processing (NLP) in an easy to install, easy to maintain small hospital system that can improve productivity and case mix index.

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Low-Cost Outliers as Alternatives to the Two-Midnight Rule
Does the CMS two-midnight rule create an adversarial dynamic between physicians and hospitals? In this article for Healthcare Financial Management Magazine, 3M authors Richard Averill and Richard Fuller argue that a low-cost outlier policy strikes a balance to the rule without the use of length-of-stay thresholds.

ICD-10: Testing Back in the news
In a live podcast from ICD10 Monitor's Talk Ten Tuesdays, Thomas C. Kravis, MD, 3M Physician Executive, provides background on the recent study, "Cost of Converting Small Physician Practices to ICD-10 Much Lower than Reported," conducted by 3M Health Information Systems, which was recently published in the Journal of AHIMA. According to Dr. Kravis, the costs of ICD-10 conversion for small physician practices are significantly lower than originally estimated. (15:10-18:32)

Revitalizing your CDI program
How do you know if your clinical documentation improvement program needs revitalizing?  In this video, Simone Gravesande, senior project manager, 3M Consulting Services, helps organizations evaluate the state of their CDI programs.

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Estimating the Cost of Conversion to ICD-10 for a Small Physician Office
A study published in the Journal of AHIMA presents new data on the cost of ICD-10 conversion for small physician practices. The authors -- Thomas C. Kravis, MD, Susan Belley, M Ed, RHIA, Donna M. Smith, RHIA, and Richard F. Averill, MS, all with 3M Health Information Systems -- examined the elements of a successful ICD-10 conversion, including training, code books, end to end testing, and super bill conversion. The study determined that costs, time, and resources required by physician offices ranged from $1,960 - $5,900, which is dramatically lower than initially estimated.

3M Awarded Analytics Contract for Rhode Island’s All-Payer Claims Database
State governments are leading efforts to transform U.S. healthcare delivery from a fragmented system focused on caring for the sick to a coordinated system that promotes preventive care and achieves higher quality at lower cost. The latest innovation comes from the State of Rhode Island, which has launched the Rhode Island All-Payer Claims Database (RI-APCD), a new initiative that will provide data about hospital quality and cost to help consumers make informed healthcare decisions and become active participants in managing their own care. 3M Health Information Systems has been selected as the analytics firm for the RI-APCD and will provide quality assurance, data management, analytics, access and reporting of RI-APCD data.

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