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Nov 24, 2014
See Financial Opportunity in MEDPAR Data
Every year, MEDPAR data is released to the public. Hundreds of entities use this data to make assessments of a hospital’s performance, often making their findings public. And every year, 3M helps hospitals make this data actionable by analyzing it with the 3M™ APR-DRG™ Classification System. This video provides a quick look at some key performance indicators hospitals review every year. You can see how your hospital’s reputation may be impacted and learn about potential financial opportunities indicated by your data.
To sign up for your own free MEDPAR review with 3M experts, visit www.3Mhis.com/mydata
Nov 14, 2014
ICD-10 costs: Lower than expected?
Dan Bowman from FierceHealthIT reports on a new study by 3M HIS consultants, published in the Journal of AHIMA, which shows that the costs of converting to ICD-10 for small physician practices is much lower than previously reported.
Nov 07, 2014
States ramping up pricing transparency with payer claims databases
Anthony Brino from Government Health IT reports on two states that have begun the process of creating all payer claims databases. The state of Rhode Island recently announced that it would be collaborating with 3M Health Information Systems to ensure the public has access to new sources of information comparing hospitals, doctors and pharmacies.
Nov 03, 2014
ICD-10: Ready, Set, Now: Your Guide to ICD-10 Success
Rich Averill, senior VP, 3M Clinical and Economic Research, says, “The transition to ICD-10 provides a rare opportunity for hospitals to review their clinical and business processes, beginning with hospital leadership and moving on down the line, department by department.” Check out this e-guide to find out what 3M experts are saying about ICD-10 and discover what tools you will need for a successful transition.
Oct 27, 2014
Transcription Gaps Pose Problems
Quality assurance (QA) programs are essential for thoroughly reviewing a patient’s narrative and demographic data, so why don’t they get more attention? Jill Devrick, MPA, president of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) and product solutions advisor for 3M HIS, discusses QA and her efforts to generate support for a QA benchmarking survey in this article from For the Record.
Oct 21, 2014
Focusing on Readmissions
Measuring readmissions outcomes is critically important when tracking population health. In this short video, Amirav Davy, Senior Clinical Data Analyst at Allina Health describes his hospital's success using 3M™ Potentially Preventable Readmissions (PPR) Grouping Software to stratify patient groups, guide care transitions, and reduce readmissions.
Watch the video here.
Learn more about 3M PPR Grouping Software.
Oct 15, 2014
Integrating automated CDI queries with physician workflow at Kettering Health Network
When Kettering Health Network agreed to be a beta site for the 3M 360 Encompass MD System, the health system's physicians were quick to sign on as volunteers to test the new software. Learn why from Debbie Schrubb, RHIA, Network Director, HIMS, for Kettering in this Health IT Outcomes video news interview about the organization's initiative to improve clinical documentation. Filmed at the 2014 AHIMA Convention in San Diego.
Watch the video here.
Learn more about 3M 360 Encompass MD.
Oct 10, 2014
Using Analytics to Achieve Triple Aim Goals
Learn how 3M is applying powerful natural language processing tools to retrieve and analyze EHR data. In this Health Data Management podcast, Dr. L. Gordon Moore of 3M Health Information Systems discusses how the industry is leveraging analytics to close the gap in preventive care and chronic disease management (14:52 - 26:52)
Listen to the audio at HDM Radio.
Oct 03, 2014
Dual Coding is a Game Changer for ICD-10 Success
What can your hospital do right now to prepare for dual coding? Join 3M HIS’s Julia Palmer and Julie Tyson for a complimentary webinar to learn more about the power of dual coding. Discover how to improve coding accuracy and efficiency, how to educate coders and physicians, and how to create a successful and sustainable program for your organization.
Sep 26, 2014
Take a Look at What CMS is Planning for 2015
Is your organization ready for the coding and reimbursement changes taking effect on or after January 1, 2015? Learn more about this rule in Healthcare Business Monthly, where Barbara Aubry examines the proposed changes, including the revision of some CPT codes, changes to chronic care management, and more.
Sep 23, 2014
Talk Ten Tuesdays - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 ICD-10: The Trek to Capitol Hill
In this podcast from ICD10monitor's "Talk Ten Tuesdays," 3M research director Richard Averill discusses the Capitol Hill briefing presented by the Coalition for ICD-10 for Congressional staff. He says the Coalition is united in its support of the October 15, 2015 ICD-10 implementation date. The Capitol Hill briefing offered perspectives on the benefits of ICD-10 from a panel of industry leaders, as well as addressing many ICD-10 myths and misconceptions.
Sep 15, 2014
Collaborating for Documentation Quality
Jill Devrick writes about documentation quality management and its importance to medical transcriptionists and other healthcare documentation specialists, in this follow up to her July article from Advance for Healthcare Professionals.
Sep 12, 2014
Ebola Outbreak Drives Home Need for ICD-10
The ongoing Ebola outbreak remains an international concern to public health. In this article from HealthData Management, Ann Chenoweth, Director of Industry Relations at 3M HIS, speaks about the lack of specificity in ICD-9 versus ICD-10 when coding for the disease.
Sep 12, 2014
Ebola Outbreak, CMS' Efforts Boosting Infection-Control Tech Use
In an article for iHealthBeat, Ann Chenoweth, Director of Industry Relations for 3M HIS, highlights the benefits of ICD-10's specificity.
Sep 11, 2014
Amerigroup Texas Launches Collaborative Effort to Improve Quality Outcomes of Medicaid Plan Members
Amerigroup Texas has teamed with Treo Solutions, part of 3M Health Information Systems, to provide new tools for population health management. These analytics are aimed at identifying potentially avoidable care costs such as unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency visits, and preventable re-admissions.
Sep 08, 2014
ICD-10 misconceptions and myths busted
HCPro’s HIM-HIPAA Insider newsletter debunks seven ICD-10 myths with the help of 3M HIS’s Donna Smith.
Aug 22, 2014
ICD-10 as time saver?
Any new process takes time to implement, but Michelle Leppert of HCPro's JustCoding tells us why that will change. Donna Smith speaks about why ICD-10 will save time in the long run.
Aug 15, 2014
CAC's Effect on Accuracy Rates
Has computer-assisted coding (CAC) had an impact on coding accuracy and timeliness? For The Record asked Katherine Lusk, Chief Health Information Management and Exchange Officer for Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Using the 3M 360 Encompass System, Children’s Dallas reports significant increases in coder productivity and case mix index.
Aug 15, 2014
The ICD-10 Delay: Five Steps to Take Right Now
Despite the ICD-10 delay, Ann Chenoweth emphasizes the need for action and presents methods to keep moving forward in this article in For The Record.
Aug 05, 2014
Achieving HIM Best Practices at Kettering Health Network
Kettering Health Network is preparing for ICD-10 implementation and improving patient care processes with 3M technology. Learn more about their efforts to achieve accurate and compliant documentation. Watch the video.
Aug 01, 2014
Realigning HIM to the New Healthcare Environment
In today's changing healthcare environment, health information management is being used to advance organizational goals. 3M HIS's Ann Chenoweth, Jaime James (Banner Health), and Patricia Bower-Jernigan (Allina Health) call on leadership to reinvent itself to meet current challenges in this article from the Journal of AHIMA.
Jul 08, 2014
RARE Campaign exceeds goals, prevents 7,975 avoidable hospital readmissions in Minnesota
As one of the largest coordinated improvement initiatives ever undertaken by the Minnesota health care community, The RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively) Campaign, reports that it has prevented 7,975 avoidable hospital readmissions since 2011. Using 3M Potentially Preventable Readmissions (PPRs) to measure avoidable hospital readmissions, the RARE Campaign has helped hospitals achieve approximately a 19 percent reduction in avoidable readmissions and successfully reduced inpatient medical expenses by about $70 million.
Read the full press release here.
Jul 08, 2014
Healthcare IT Leaders Announces the 2014 Best Healthcare IT Blogs
Healthcare IT Leaders names 3M Health Information Systems' blog as one of the Best Healthcare IT Blogs of 2014.
Jul 07, 2014
3M Webinar: Using 3M PPRs & PPCs to Measure the Triple Aim
Learn about how 3M PPR and PPC software can help your hospital meet and surpass the objectives of your state patient safety and reporting initiatives by joining us for a complimentary webinar outlining the many benefits of using 3M quality measures.
Jun 27, 2014
Finance, Analytics Vendors Pitch New Products at HFMA
HealthData Management highlights the announcement of 3M Quality Services, 3M's new consulting service, at this year's HFMA Annual National Institute in Las Vegas.
Jun 25, 2014
3M Health Information Systems Introduces Quality Services Program for Hospitals
Becker's Healthcare announces 3M HIS' new Quality Services Program for Hospitals.
Jun 23, 2014
NextGen Healthcare and 3M Partner to Offer Industry-wide ICD-10 Education Program
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems announces partnership with 3M Health Information Systems. The partnership will aid in the transition to ICD-10.
Visit NextGen HIS here.
Jun 23, 2014
NextGen Healthcare and 3M Partner to Offer ICD-10 Education Program
Fred Pennic from HIT Consultant writes about 3M Health Information Systems' partnership with NextGen Healthcare. He quotes Terri McCubbin Graves as she speaks about 3M HIS' goal to contribute to the ICD-10 transition.
Jun 18, 2014
CFOs say RCM systems need attention now
Healthcare Finance News reports on a new survey of financial software and services just published by Black Book Market Research. 3M HIS is ranked among the top healthcare information technology vendors for its computer-assisted coding and ICD-10 software, based on client experience.
Jun 09, 2014
Luckily we won't run out of coding challenges
ICD-10 Watch’s Carl Natale discusses 3M’s final scenario for the monthly ICD-10 Coding Contest, noting 3M’s plan to continue publishing practice scenarios.
Jun 06, 2014
JaeLynn Williams named president of 3M Health Information Systems
Government Health IT announces JaeLynn Williams' appointment to President of 3M Health Information Systems.
Jun 02, 2014
Morning Break: Fixing the VA, Sales Rep Accused of Stealing Skin
MedPage Today's news round-up mentions Ron Mill's latest blog post: DIY ICD-10 Conversion, Part 13.
May 30, 2014
Don't forget there's another anti-ICD-10 bill
As the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013 is still hanging out at Capitol Hill, ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale reminds us why we still need reminders that ICD-10 is worth it. Natale mentions Donna Smith's May post for the 3M HIS blog discussing coder agreement in ICD-10.
May 30, 2014
Beyond Automated Transcription — Templates and Structured Reports Maximize Speech Recognition’s Value By Beth W. Orenstein
In an interview for Radiology Today, Steve Retz, manager of the eHealth documentation solutions business at 3M Health Information Systems, discusses speech recognition programs, transcriptionists, and the role technology plays for radiologists.
May 27, 2014
HCI: 3M At the Inflection Point Between Payer and Provider
Healthcare Informatics profiles 3M Health Information Systems in its annual HCI Top 100 Vendor ranking, calling 3M one of the year's "Most Interesting Vendors." The editorial team cites 3M HIS strengths—domain expertise around the language of health and purpose-built applications that marry data with real-time information--as the key to helping provider and payer organizations reduce costs and improve outcomes.
May 27, 2014
CMS refines skin substitute packaging
In a recent article for HCPro’s Just Coding, Dave Fee, product manager at 3M Health Information Systems, gives an update on CMS’ I/OCE changes to skin substitute codes, revenue codes, laboratory services billing, and new APCs.
May 19, 2014
3M coding challenge looks for childbirth codes
The May 3M coding challenge is in full swing and ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale provides details of the latest scenario involving a mother giving birth to identical twin girls.
May 17, 2014
CMS to offer more information with a National Provider Call
With CMS planning to have a National Provider Call on June 4 to address ICD-10 preparation issues, ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale discusses the meetings agenda and provides links to several ICD-10 commentaries, including Barbara Aubry's blog, Accepting the Status Quo: Cost of Non-Compliance vs. ICD-10.
May 16, 2014
3M, TriZetto Collaborate, Advance Healthcare
3M Health Information Systems announced a strategic collaboration with the TriZetto Group to provide exclusive access to 3M's ICD-10 Code Translation Tool to the latter. Zachs.com details the collaboration in a research analyst report.
May 10, 2014
Is ICD-10 history doomed to repeat itself?
ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale isn't just frustrated with another ICD-10 delay, but tired of the ICD-10 opposition as a whole. Linking to several articles on maintaining the ICD-10 momentum, Natale briefly describes 3M blogger Rhonda Butler's May post and HIMagine That!'s May discussion of ICD-10 coding quality reviews.
May 06, 2014
Face the ICD-10 delay with optimism instead of skepticism
The ICD-10 implementation delay may have left the healthcare industry with a lot of questions, but many organizations are being optimistic and calling for ICD-10 support. In an article for Just Coding, Shannon E. McCall calls attention to the Coalition for ICD-10's efforts, reminding readers why the new code set has so much to offer.
Apr 28, 2014
The Truth About the ICD-10 Delay
In a guest post for Physiospot, WebPT discusses the ICD-10 implementation delay, referencing 3M's press release on the topic.
Apr 26, 2014
CMS is poised to make a boring announcement about the new ICD-10 deadline
In an article following the latest discussions surrounding CMS and the pending announcement about the new ICD-10 deadline, Carl Natale mentions blogger Barbara Aubry's April blog that answered his call for real-world examples of why we need ICD-10.
Apr 24, 2014
Tech giant 3M continues growth after acquiring Treo Solutions
In a blog for the Albany Business Review, reporter David Robinson discusses 3M's recent acquisition of Treo Solutions.
Apr 22, 2014
Strategic Radiology Aligns with 3M to Offer Leading Edge Coding Solutions to SR Radiology Group Practices
Strategic Radiology (SR) announced that the organization has signed a strategic group purchase agreement with 3M Health Information Systems to provide SR member groups streamlined access to 3M CodeRyte CodeAssist computer-assisted coding software and 3M CodeRyte CodeComplete, a fully outsourced outpatient coding service.
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."
Apr 16, 2014
Coalition for ICD-10 to HHS: Name the new deadline
In an article for Medical Practice Insider, Tom Sullivan describes the latest press release from the Coalition for ICD-10, calling for a new implementation date for ICD-10 as soon as possible. The coalition also pointed out that this third delay of ICD-10 “has caused great uncertainty” in the industry.
Apr 14, 2014
Who's in the mood for a coding challenge?
We may be looking at an additional year of ICD-10 preparation but 3M still has its ICD-10 coding challenge. ICD-10 Watch provides the coding challenge scenario.
Apr 12, 2014
Major Changes Put ICD-10 on Regulatory Backburner
ICD-10 on the backburner? ICD-10 Watch provides the latest in ICD-10 news, linking to 3M's latest ICD-10 blog from JaeLynn Williams.
Apr 10, 2014
Doctors' Billing System Stays Stuck In The 1970s For Now
The ICD-10 coding system is now four decades old. The codes were scheduled to be upgraded in October, but earlier this month Congress delayed the switch. Listen to an interview with JaeLynn Williams, 3M, broadcast on National Public Radio's Morning Edition news program.
Apr 02, 2014
Distributing Shared Savings for Population Health Management
In an article for HFMA's Healthcare Financial Management Magazine, 3M's Richard Averill and Norbert Goldfield MD, along with John Huges, MD, discuss how the lessons learned from outcomes-based payment models can be applied to population health management.
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 28, 2014
AHIMA “extremely disappointed” with potential ICD-10 delay
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and others are starting to express their frustration and displeasure with the potential of an another ICD-10 implementation delay. EHR Intelligence reports on the industry's reactions, quoting 3M Health Information System's Richard Averill.
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 17, 2014
Bring It On — MTs Welcome Documentation Role
In an article in For The Record, Jill Devrick, 3M Health Information Systems, shares why many healthcare documentation specialists (HDSs) are quick to seize the new opportunities, and explains how these trained, quality driven individuals are an asset to the future of health care.
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 reimbursement.
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.