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Apr 19, 2014
Coalition letter reminds us the ICD-10 deadline still is up in the air
ICD-10 Watch reports on the Coalition for ICD-10's April letter calling for a new ICD-10 implementation deadline. Discussing the letter and the need for a final rule, the article also provides a link to the latest blog 3M blogger's Donna Smith and Sue Belley, "HIMagine That! ICD-10: Continuing the Journey."

Mar 31, 2014
Patient acuity takes center stage with APR-DRGs
Most inpatient coders are very familiar with MS-DRGs and Base DRGs. They may not, however, be as familiar with APR-DRGs. HIM/HIPAA Insider newsletter interviews 3M consultant Simone Gravesande about the 3M APR DRG Classification System and its use for analyzing severity of illness and risk of mortality.

Mar 29, 2014
ICD-10 Proponents Warn of Harmful Implications of Another Delay
 The RN-Coder Network USA blog references and provides insight into the Coalition for ICD-10, which includes 3M Health Information Systems, detailing the harmful implications of another ICD-10 delay.

Mar 26, 2014
ICD-10 Coalition Members Oppose SGR Patch Provision to Delay ICD-10 Adoption
3M Health Information Systems is referenced as part of the Coalition for ICD-10 in an official press release regarding the Coalition's opposition of the SGR Patch provision to delay ICD-10.

Mar 25, 2014
HCS Interactant First to Post-Acute Care Market with ICD-10 Readiness
HCS, a leading provider of clinical and financial healthcare information systems to more than 4,500 active client locations, today announced that all Interactant modules meet the current ICD-10 standards. In late 2013 and early 2014, the company began internal testing and validation with federal DRG grouping, 3M encoding and various HL-7 interfaces.

Mar 21, 2014
Innovation in computer-assisted coding to be used by the NHS
A leading health information technology research recently gave 3M's Health Information Systems division in the US the highest overall performance score among vendors for its inpatient computer-assisted coding (CAC) technology. The Guardian discusses the report on 3M 360 Encompass System, which will be used by NHS in the UK to integrate and automate coding and clinical documentation improvement processes, received the highest marks in several categories.

Mar 18, 2014
Is there an ICD-10 code for a leprechaun with acute laryngitis?
Feeling the luck of the Irish? ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale thinks you may want to test your luck with an ICD-10 coding challenge. Natale points to this month's 3M ICD-10 Coding Challenge as a place to test your skills, and your luck.

Mar 15, 2014
Study shows the wrong way to convert ICD-10 codes
The University of Illinois recently released study on ICD-10 may be the most misunderstood study of the year. Looking for ways to correctly judge the impact of ICD-10, Carl Natale points to 3M's Barbara Aubry and her blog, "Don't Blame ICD-10," among others.

Mar 13, 2014
Time to undo the readmission penalty damage to safety net hospitals
Blogger Paul Levy discusses the argument made by 3M Clinical and Economic Research's Richard Fuller in an article entitled: "Payment policy bias against high Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH)."

Mar 04, 2014
Increase Revenue Today by Learning from Big Data
If the APR DRG reimbursement methodology is not relevant to your reimbursement today, it likely will be very soon, writes Katie Christensen in IBM's Healthcare blog. Christensen goes on to discuss the benefits of using APR DRG methodology for reimburesment.

Feb 22, 2014
There is no ICD-10 code for patting yourself on the back
ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale discusses CMS's announcement of end-to-end ICD-10 testing, linking to HIMagine That!'s ICD-10 education series as a resource for those looking to prepare.

Feb 21, 2014
Treo deal positions 3M for ICD-10 switch
Modern Healthcare covers the 3M agreement to acquire Treo Solutions, a leading provider of data analytics and business intelligence to healthcare payers and providers. The article details how the deal better positions 3M for the advent of ICD-10 and other technology changes sweeping over healthcare.

Feb 17, 2014
When squirrels attack! There’s a medical code for that.
The Washington Post's Sarah Kliff reports on the switch to ICD-10, the coding system that will help determine how money spent on medical care is divvied up among hospitals and doctors. In an interview with Kliff, 3M’s Richard Averill explains why the move to ICD-10 is necessary. The increased precision, Averill mentions, is one of the key advantages. Kliff’s article provides a thorough and thoughtful explanation of the ICD-10 debate, noting the benefits the updated coding system brings to clinical research and billing.

Feb 17, 2014
When Dictators Fail
Finding errors in clinician dictation is not uncommon. As technology evolves, it is becoming increasingly important for health care documentation specialists to reduce the factors that enhance the potential for errors. In an interview with For The Record, 3M’s Jill Devrick and Janice Jones provide tips for ensuring the most complete and accurate documentation.

Feb 12, 2014
Is there an ICD-10 code for 'very concerned?'
Concerned about the approaching ICD-10 implementation date? Health IT News sites 3M blogger Barbara Aubry and her February blog post as a resource for reaching documentation compliance. 

Feb 10, 2014
Maybe Puxsatawney Phil is afraid of T68xxxA not his shadow
ICD-10 Watch digs into the answer for January's 3M coding challenge found on the 3M Health Infromation Systems blog

Feb 03, 2014
Now that the ICD-10 opposition sounds reasonable...
 ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale reminds readers that when it comes to ICD-10, panicking isn't the only option. Natale references two 3M Health Information System's blogs as resources: HIMagine That! Practice Coding in ICD-10 and Is my custom problem list a problem for ICD-10?

Feb 01, 2014
Countdown to ICD-10
 Health Data Management quotes JPS Health Network CIO Melinda Costin as she notes the importance of software tools and associated hardware in preparing for ICD-10, referencing her computer-assisted-coding product from 3M.

Jan 31, 2014
The Best in KLAS Health IT Products for 2013
 Health Data Management provides an overview of Best in KLAS products for 2013.

Jan 24, 2014
Making the Transition to Outcome-Based Quality Payments
Don't miss 3M's Norbert Goldfield, MD and his webinar covering the transition to outcomes-based quality payments hosted by HFMA. This webinar helps anticipate how outcomes will be measured and reimbursed within outcome-based quality models, especially for accountable care or shared-risk agreements.

Jan 20, 2014
It's a good time to practice diagnosis codes for hypothermia
 ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale provides some ICD-10 coding exercises to keep warm this January and references 3M's coding challenge scenario for the month.

Jan 18, 2014
Maybe it's time to prescribe a healthy dose of panic
 ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale reminds readers why they should be preparing for ICD-10, making note of 3M's Ron Mills and his DIY ICD-10 blog series.

Jan 13, 2014
How many codes does it take to code avian flu?
ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale links to 3M's coding contest, providing the answer to December's contest scenario.

Jan 13, 2014
Maybe a negative outlook can work for ICD-10 implementation
ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale sites HIMagine That's post, Translating current ICD-9 documents, as a resource for preparing for ICD-10.

Jan 06, 2014
What really matters when it comes to ICD-10 implementation in 2014
In a 2014 ICD-10 implementation update, Carl Natale covers 3M blogger Ron Mill's and his DIY ICD-10 Conversion series as a resource for meeting the deadline.

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