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Dec 28, 2012
Podcast: Make Documentation Improvement Personal for Physicians
In the fourth and final installment of his podcast series with the Journal of AHIMA, Richard Averill explains how HIM professionals can use personal talking points to drive home the importance of adequate record documentation by physicians.

Dec 28, 2012
Podcast: Rise of Pay-for-Outcomes Means Major Change for HIM Professionals
The rise of pay-for-outcomes signals a paradigm shift on the horizon in payment systems. In his podcast series with the Journal of AHIMA, Richard Averill, Senior VP of Clinical and Economic Research with 3M Health Information Systems, explains how pay-for-outcomes and new payment policy will impact HIM and healthcare.

Dec 21, 2012
Coding for Peripheral Neuropathy
Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for peripheral neuropathy in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for peripheral neuropathy are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Dec 19, 2012
The 2013 ICD-10 Calendar Is Here
The 3M 2013 ICD-10 Calendar is here, complete with humorous perspectives on codeing for walking into lampposts, crocheting injuries, turtle bites, or accidents on the squash court. In addition, the calendar includes insights about dual coding, root operations definitions, computer-assisted coding, clinical documentation improvement, ICD-10 specificity, the coders' new role as data auditors, and ICD-10 training.

Dec 17, 2012
Podcast: HIM Must Adapt or Become Irrelevant
Rich Averill speaks to the Journal of AHIMA about the need for healthcare information managers to take ownership of data analytics in order stay relevant as the healthcare industry moves toward digital data.

Dec 11, 2012
Consider Dual Coding to Prepare for ICD-10 Transition
Donna Smith, 3M, gives tips for organizations on using dual and double coding to begin familiarizing their coders with ICD-10 in a recent APCs Insider article.

Dec 07, 2012
Coding for Hydrocephalus
Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for hydrocephalus in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for hydrocephalus are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Dec 05, 2012
HIStalk Reports on Wadhwa Webcast in Daily News Roundup
 HIStalk mentions 3M Chief Medical Officer Sandeep Wadhwa's recent webcast on improving ACO efficiency, "Measure Twice, Cut Once," in their daily news roundup.

Nov 28, 2012
ICD-10 Physician Training: Avoid an Adversarial Relationship
If you’re worried about getting your physicians trained for ICD-10, you’re not alone. Just Coding interviews 3M Consulting Services project managers Donna Smith, RHIA, and Sue Belley, MEd, RHIA, CPHQ, on tips and strategies to educate physicians about the new code sets.

Nov 27, 2012
Measure Twice, Cut Once: The Role of Analytics in Accountable Care
Sandeep Wadhwa, Chief Medical Officer for 3M Health Information Systems, presented "Measure Twice, Cut Once: The Role of Analytics in Accountable Care" at the Chicago Accountable Care and Health IT Strategies Summit in Chicago, IL. Wadhwa was joined by clinical, business, and IT leaders from provider organizations across the country who are mobilizing to participate in ACOs and/or seeking to be effective partners for payers in value-based purchasing programs.

Nov 21, 2012
FierceHealthIT: Sharp HealthCare Awards Contract to 3M for 360 Encompass System
Fierce HealthIT reports on Sharp HealthCare's recent selection of the 3M 360 Encompass System to  integrate and automate medical records coding, clinical documentation improvement and performance monitoring across all Sharp facilities.

Nov 21, 2012
San Diego Source Reports on Sharp HealthCare Selection of 3M 360 Encompass System
 

Nov 21, 2012
HIStalk Reports Sharp HealthCare Selection of 3M 360 Encompass System

Nov 20, 2012
CDI Specialists: Moving Forward with ICD-10 Preparation
The Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) interviews 3M Consulting Services Director Terri McCubbin on the ICD-10 Final Rule and next steps. Terri's recommendations, featured in the association's CDI Strategies newsletter, cover ICD-10 road mapping, financial impact analysis, CDI best practice, and education and training decisions.

Nov 20, 2012
Sharp HealthCare Awards Contract to 3M for 360 Encompass System
Sharp HealthCare, a not-for-profit integrated regional healthcare delivery system based in San Diego, Calif., has selected the 3M 360 Encompass System to integrate and automate medical records coding, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), and performance monitoring across all Sharp facilities, including four acute-care hospitals and affiliated medical groups.

Nov 16, 2012
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Uses 3M APR DRGs to Reduce Patient Length of Stay
Healthcare Informatics reports on methods used by Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City to analyze and reduce patients' average length of stay, including 3M All-Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (3M APR DRGs).

Nov 16, 2012
EHRIntelligence Vendor Update: New release of 3M Code Translation Tool
EHRIntelligence reports on the new release of the 3M Code Translation Tool, which will simplify ICD-10 conversion for hospitals and payers with productivity enhancements, new code mapping features, and an ICD-10 financial impact analysis module to analyze expected reimbursement under ICD-10.

Nov 14, 2012
October I/OCE, OPPS Updates Include Minor Changes
CMS made two manual corrections as part of the OPPS update for October 2012 and included a number of small changes to both OPPS and the I/OCE. Dave Fee, MBA, outlines the most significant changes in the October updates.

Nov 14, 2012
October I/OCE, OPPS updates include minor changes
CMS made two manual corrections as part of the OPPS update for October 2012 and included a number of small changes to both OPPS and the I/OCE. Dave Fee, MBA, outlines the most significant changes in the October updates.

Nov 09, 2012
Coding for Congenital Anomalies
Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for catheter infections in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for catheter infections are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Nov 07, 2012
The Long-Term Care Elephant in the Room - Risks and Rewards for Payers, Providers, Plans and Consumers
In this white paper, Norbert Goldfield, 3M, and Kevin Harris discuss the challenges that integration of long-term care services across the care continuum that recent healthcare initiatives, such as the Affordable Care Act, have brought to light.

Nov 07, 2012
Potentially Preventable Events: Linking Quality Improvement and Cost Savings
In a recent Quality Management in Health Care article, Norbert Goldfield, MD, Medical Director for 3M Health Information Systems, details the use of potentially preventable events and demonstrates how they are being applied to achieve health care value.

Oct 26, 2012
3M Health Information Systems Wins InterSystems Breakthrough Application Award for Innovations in Meeting Complex Healthcare Challenges
3M Health Information Systems has been recognized with the InterSystems Award for Breakthrough Applications at the ninth annual Connected Health Symposium in Boston for the InterSystems 3M 360 Encompass System, a breakthrough application for helping healthcare IT leaders more efficiently address complex reimbursement challenges.

Oct 25, 2012
New 3M Tools for ICD-10 Translation
A close look at the new 3M™ ICD-10 Code Translation Tool (CTT) version 2.1 and learn how you can streamline the ICD-10 translation process and help prepare your organization now for a successful ICD-10 implementation. (Webinar archive)

Oct 24, 2012
Coding for Catheter Infections
Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for catheter infections in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for catheter infections are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Oct 23, 2012
ICD-10-PCS for Outpatient Coders
Donna Smith, 3M, advises on how to approach ICD-10-PCD training for outpatient coders on the HCPro ICD-10 Trainer blog.

Oct 22, 2012
ICD-101: The trials and tribulations of ICD-10-PCS coding
In their roundup of latest ICD-10 news, ICD10Watch mentions Rhonda Butler's latest PhysBizTech post and Ron Mills' latest post in his blog series.

Oct 22, 2012
Preparing Coders for ICD-10 through Effective Training
HIMSS News extensively quotes an article by 3M coders on ICD-10 training and education.

Oct 17, 2012
HIStalk Reports 3M Addition of Physician Modules to ICD-10 Education Program
 

Oct 17, 2012
AHIMA Convention Day 2: Innovation
Think Science Now recaps day 2 of the 2012 AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, including the new Health Information Innovation Leadership Conference, which featured a keynote by 3M's Richard Averill.

Oct 17, 2012
HFMA Runs Butler Commentary
The ICD-10 Final Rule is out - so now what? Healthcare Finance News runs Rhonda Butler's commentary on taking the next steps toward ICD-10 implementation in their October digital and print editions.

Oct 17, 2012
ICD-10 Deadline is Set at October 1, 2014 - Thoughts on the Final Rule
Melissa Varnavas of ACDIS' CDI Strategies interviews Terri McCubbin on the ICD-10 Final Rule and next steps, including ICD-10 road mapping, financial impact, CDI involvement, and education and training decisions.

Oct 17, 2012
MedPAC Eyes 'Preventable' Hospital Visits
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) contracts with 3M Health Information Systems to quantify the rates of preventable hospital admissions and ER visits nationally and explore differences regionally.

Oct 17, 2012
Pressing questions, actionable answers regarding ICD-10
CDI Strategies publishes an excerpt of 3M’s September 5 webinar, “ICD-10 Final Rule Q&A."

Oct 15, 2012
Coding for Anxiety Disorders
Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for anxiety disorders in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for anxiety disorders are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Oct 05, 2012
6 Ways Hospitals Can Analyze Technology's Return on Investment
Becker's Hospital Review summarizes six key points of Jill Devrick, 3M, and Michael Putkovich's AHIMA 2012 presentation on how hospitals can determine the ROI of their technology and HIM projects.

Oct 01, 2012
3M Offers New ICD-10 Web Training Modules
EHRIntelligence interviews Terri McCubbin, 3M, about the latest addition to the 3M Health Information Systems ICD-10 Education Program (physician education modules), and why tailored physician education is key to a successful ICD-10 implementation.

Sep 28, 2012
Coding for Diabetic Retinopathy
 Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for diabetic retinopathy in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for diabetic retinopathy are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Sep 25, 2012
The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System Awards Contract to 3M for 3M 360 Encompass System
The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, one of the world’s premier academic medical centers, has selected the 3M 360 Encompass System to integrate and automate coding, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), and performance monitoring in a single workflow.

Sep 24, 2012
3M at HFMA MAP
Simone Gravesande, Senior Consultant Manager with 3M Health Information Systems, and Reggie Allen, RN, System Director, Quality and Clinical Operations with CHRISTUS Health, will present at the 2012 HFMA MAP Event on October 29. The HFMA MAP Event runs from October 28-30 in San Diego, CA.

Sep 21, 2012
Q&A: Preparing for ICD-10, competing HIT initiatives
EHR Intelligence interviews Terri McCubbin about obstacles in moving forward with ICD-10 implementation and best practice for creating an ICD-10 readiness roadmap.

Sep 19, 2012
Krames StayWell Releases new Patient-Focused Health IT Solution Driven by 3M Terminology Content
Krames StayWell, the largest provider of interactive, print and mobile patient education solutions, has released its new Infobutton solution, which makes it easier for healthcare organizations to provide education resources to the patient through the EHR. The Infobutton solution uses the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary to encode and cross-reference Krames StayWell’s patient education content with clinical terminologies such as SNOMED, LOINC, and RxNORM, and major code sets including ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.

Sep 19, 2012
ICD-101: Don't lose sleep over learning ICD-10 coding
Carl Natale, editor of ICD10Watch, cites several good sources for tips and tricks on learning ICD-10 coding, including Donna Smith and Sue Belley's latest HIMagine That! blog post.

Sep 07, 2012
An Answer to the ICD-10 Coder Productivity Fears?
Health Data Management interviews MultiCare Health System on their use of computer-assisted coding software from 3M (360 Encompass) to help alleviate coder productivity issues brought on by the transition to ICD-10.

Sep 06, 2012
Benefits and Challenges of EMR Templates
John Lynn, blogger for EMR and HIPAA, quotes 3M Health Information Systems blogger Jeremy Zasowski's post, "Are Templates the Answer?", in a recent article on the challenges and benefits of using EMR templates.

Aug 29, 2012
ICD-10: Taking the Next Step
Rhonda Butler comments on the announcement of the ICD-10 Final Rule and explains why now is the time to set politics aside and move forward with implementation. (Healthcare Finance News)

Aug 29, 2012
3M Health Information Systems Renews HFMA Peer Reviewed Designation
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) announced that, following a rigorous review, 3M Health Information Systems has once again consistently met the “Peer Reviewed by HFMA®” standard for 3M Ambulatory Revenue Management Software (ARMS).

Aug 21, 2012
Coding for Cystic Fibrosis
Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for cystic fibrosis in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for cystic fibrosis are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Aug 17, 2012
3M HIS Blog debuts new series: HIMagine That!
Coding and documentation veterans Sue Belley and Donna Smith take a break from hospital visits and client consultations to trade tales about coding mishaps, ICD-10 enigmas, the latest regulatory twists, and why it’s nearly impossible to get physicians to document diagnoses in correct coding terminology in the new 3M HIS blog series, HIMagine That!

Aug 15, 2012
July I/OCE updates: CMS reinstates device-to-procedure edit, adds new codes
Dave Fee, 3M product marketing manager of outpatient products, discusses the latest CMS updates to the outpatient prospective payment system in the Briefings on APCs newsletter.

Aug 15, 2012
Q&A: Documentation and coding for post-operative complications related to COPD
Audrey Howard and Cheryl Manchenton answer questions related to documentation and coding for post-operative complications related to COPD in this CDI Strategies article.

Aug 13, 2012
Coding for Colon and Rectal cancer
Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for colon and rectal cancer in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for colon and rectal cancer are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Aug 09, 2012
Healthland to Offer 3M Coding and Grouping Solutions
3M Health Information Systems has signed a strategic agreement with Healthland to license 3M coding, grouping, editing and reimbursement software products. Healthland will integrate the 3M solutions with its electronic health record (EHR) system and other applications to provide customers with actionable information that can be used to improve clinical outcomes, obtain appropriate reimbursement, facilitate quality reporting, and prepare for ICD-10.

Jul 31, 2012
@3MHISNews Named to Healthcare Finance News "Must-Follow Tweeter" List
The 3M Health Information Systems Twitter feed, @3MHISNews, has been named to Healthcare Finance News' "20 must-follow ICD-10 tweeters."

Jul 26, 2012
Devrick Named to AHDI National Leadership Board
The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) recently appointed Jill Devrick, 3M Product Solutions Advisor for eHDS, to their National Leadership Board. She will be completing an unexpired term on the AHDI board through August 2013. AHDI is formerly the American Association for Medical Transcription. Jill was appointed to the board to share her expertise in document creation technology and workflow.

Jul 24, 2012
Coding for Measles
Audrey Howard, RHIA, advises on coding for measles in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for measles are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Jul 24, 2012
ICD Patient Reason for Visit Codes and Medical Necessity
Regulatory analyst Barbara Aubry answers questions regarding patient reason for visit codes (PRVs or RFVs) and medical necessity.

Jul 18, 2012
Recording Your Project's Story - Part Two
In a continuation of her previous blog, Jill Devrick, 3M, elaborates on how documentation of a healthcare IT project should be like good prose. In this installment, she explains the "backstory, charaters, and resolution" that should be included in the documentation.

Jul 10, 2012
The ICD-10 Grouper Transition
Ron Mills, 3M, discusses what the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 groupers means in terms of reimbursement and specificity.

Jul 10, 2012
Computer-Assisted Coding at the Cleveland Clinic: A Strategic Solution
In the cover story of the Journal of AHIMA's July edition, Kathy Hartman, RN, MSN, CNS, Shannon Connor Phillips, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Lyman Sornberger, all of the Cleveland Clinic, discuss the goals, benefits, and return on investment (ROI) of Cleveland Clinic's Data Extraction Reporting and
Transformation (DERT) initiative, which employs 3M computer-assisted coding software to innovate and transform their clinical documentation and extraction practices.

Jun 29, 2012
Managing Preventable Events
Potentially Preventable Events, or PPEs, are healthcare outcomes that not only increase costs but also can be a quality problem. This advertorial, printed in the July 2012 Healthcare Executive, discusses how PPEs fit within the scope of healthcare payment reform and ways to proactively monitor occurrences of PPEs.

Jun 27, 2012
Creating Innovation at HFMA and Beyond
Writing from HFMA's 2012 National Institute, JaeLynn Williams, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Client Operations at 3M Health Information Systems, explores the implications of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's challenge to the healthcare industry to "do more than expected" through innovation.

Jun 22, 2012
Coding for STDs
Audrey Howard, 3M, advises on coding for STDs in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for STDs are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Jun 22, 2012
3M Data Dictionary Defines Healthcare’s Common Language
Jennifer Dennard, Social Marketing Director for Porter Research, interviews Dr. Lee Min Lau, PhD, Chief Medical Informaticist at 3M Health Information Systems, about how and why the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary "may just be what the industry needs to truly kick start - and define - interoperability."

Jun 20, 2012
ICD-10 Essentials for Busy Physicians - OB/GYN
In her latest PhysBizTech blog, Rhonda Butler discusses the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 obstetrics coding and documentation  and non-OB female coding and documentation.

Jun 12, 2012
3 Implications of 3M’s Open Source Healthcare Data Dictionary
HIT Consultant discusses how the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary (HDD) works and speculates on the implications that the 3M agreement with the VA and DoD to open access to the HDD will have for the healthcare community.

Jun 08, 2012
CMS Updates: Note Changes for Skin Substitutes, Mental Health Codes
Dave Fee, 3M outpatient products marketing manager, discusses the latest CMS updates to the outpatient prospective payment system in HCPro's JustCoding News: Outpatient.

Jun 07, 2012
Coding for Summertime Blues
 Audrey Howard, 3M senior consultant, advises on coding for summertime blues (Lyme disease, sunburn, and poison ivy) in For The Record’s “Coding Best Practice Column." Website features “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar for issues related to coding for Lyme disease, sunburn, and poison ivy.

Jun 05, 2012
ICD-10 Cheat Sheet Building: Obstetrics
Expanding upon her previous blog (ICD-10 Cheat Sheet Basics), Rhonda Butler, 3M, offers tips to physicians on how to create an effective ICD-10 cheat sheet for obstetrics within their practices.

Jun 04, 2012
Healthcare Industry Debates Proposed ICD-10 Delay
 The Journal of AHIMA summarizes the different arguments and positions surrounding the proposed ICD-10 delay, including Richard Averill and Susan Bowman's article, "There Are Critical Reasons for Not Further Delaying the Implementation of the New ICD-10 Coding System."

May 31, 2012
ICD-10 Delay – What Do We Do Now?
Kathy McCoy, MBA, cites Rhonda Butler's article, "Why We Can't Skip ICD-10 for ICD-11," on the Kareo blog as evidence that ICD-10 implementation has been a long time coming, and that providers should move full steam ahead with their implementation plans, regardless of the delay.

May 23, 2012
Coding for Seizures and Epilepsy
Audrey Howard advises on coding for seizures and epilepsy in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for seizures and epilepsy are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

May 23, 2012
What the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary Means for Interoperability
EHR Intelligence reports on how the 3M agreement with the VA and DoD to open access to the 3M HDD "may hold the key to creating a unified voice in healthcare information" in an article that combines insight from 3M Health Information Systems president Jon Lindekugel and research into the  possibilities the HDD creates for the future of healthcare.

May 18, 2012
3M Healthcare Data Dictionary "A Gift to the World"
In an editorial on Nextgov, Bob Brewin hails the 3M agreement with the DoD and VA to open access to the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary (HDD) as a gift to the world. The HDD, he says, will do for healthcare "what the Internet did for communications."

May 17, 2012
Q&A: 3M on how Open HDD and VA, DoD iEHR will Trigger Innovation
Tom Sullivan, editor of Government Health IT, interviews 3M Health Information Systems president Jon Lindekugel on the implications of opening access to the Healthcare Data Dictionary through the 3M agreement with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The agreement, Lindekugel explains, opens healthcare up to a whole world of new innovation possibilities.

May 17, 2012
WHAIC Partners with 3M to Use EAPGs, PPRs
The Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center (WHAIC) has partnered with 3M for use of its Potentially Preventable Readmissions software (PPRs) and Enhanced Ambulatory Patient Group  classification system (EAPG). The technologies will be used to report readmissions to hospitals and to classify all types of outpatient services, respectively.

May 15, 2012
Meaningful Use and Reporting Clinical Quality Measures
In the conclusion to her Meaningful Use series, Susan Matney, 3M, illustrates the terminology challenges encountered when reporting clinical quality measures in order to meet Meaningful Use requirements.

May 09, 2012
ICD-10 Essentials for Busy Physicians - Depression and Anxiety
Codes for anxiety and depression are some of the most common on Medicare hospital inpatient records. In this PhysBizTech blog, Rhonda Butler describes how improvements in specificity in ICD-10 allow better characterization of patients on medication for depression and anxiety.

May 07, 2012
Coding for Hypertension
Audrey Howard, 3M senior consultant, advises on coding for hypertension in For The Record magazine's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for hypertension are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Apr 25, 2012
ICD-10 Boosts Appeal Of Computer-Assisted Coding Tools
InformationWeek covers a recent report from research firm KLAS which states that nearly half of all providers now plan to purchase and implement an inpatient computer-assisted coding solution within the next two years. A major motivator behind this shift toward CAC adoption is preparation for ICD-10.

Apr 25, 2012
ICD-10 Essentials for Busy Physicians - Chronic Kidney Disease and Anemia
In a continuation of her PhysBizTech blog series, Rhonda Butler highlights the similarities and differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 documentation and coding needs for CKD and anemia, two conditions that most physicians will come across at some time in their practice.

Apr 18, 2012
EHRtv Interviews 3M Division Scientist on Natural Language Processing
EHRtv correspondent Amy Monagan interviews 3M Division Scientist Richard Wolniewicz on the evolution of natural language processing and auto-coding at the 2012 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition.

Apr 16, 2012
ICD-10 Essentials for Busy Physicians - Asthma and COPD
In a continuation of her PhysBizTech blog series, Rhonda Butler highlights the similarities and differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 documentation and coding needs for asthma and COPD, two conditions that most physicians will come across at some time in their practice.

Apr 11, 2012
3M Adds to Coding Arsenal through CodeRyte Acquisition
Health Data Management reports on the recent 3M acquisition of CodeRyte, citing 3M's past collaboration with CodeRyte and how the acquisition will further the development of the 3M 360 Encompass System.

Apr 11, 2012
3M Acquires Healthcare and Technology Firm CodeRyte
The Washington Post reports on the 3M's announcement of its acquisition of CodeRyte, Inc.

Apr 11, 2012
3M and CodeRyte
Richard Wolniewicz, Division Scientist, Natural Language Processing for 3M Health Information Systems, discusses the implications and opportunities of 3M's recent acquisition of CodeRyte. The acquisition stands to allow 3M to make great strides in the field of natural language processing.

Apr 09, 2012
Coding for Open Wounds
Audrey Howard, 3M senior consultant, advises on coding for open wounds in For The Record's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for insomnia are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Apr 06, 2012
ICD-10 Benefits - Research
In her latest blog, Ann Frischkorn Chenoweth describes the research benefits of ICD-10 implementation. These benefits will offer health systems the potential to improve their ability to monitor service and resource utilization, analyze healthcare costs, monitor outcomes, and measure performance.

Apr 02, 2012
Coding for Insomnia
Audrey Howard, 3M senior consultant, advises on coding for insomnia in For The Record's “Coding Best Practice" column. Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for insomnia are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Mar 30, 2012
Cognosante Teams With 3M on ICD-10 Services
Cognosante, a leading provider of IT services to healthcare organizations, announced its partnership with 3M Health Information Systems to provide the 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool (CTT) to state-sponsored health plans, including Medicaid agencies.

Mar 30, 2012
Why Clinical Documentation Improvement is Needed Before ICD-10 Implementation
Carl Natale, editor of ICD-10 Watch, quotes a HIMSS article by Caroline Piselli, 3M, on five key steps to improving clinical documentation in preparation for ICD-10. The steps present critical, actionable measures that will help to streamline the ICD-10 transition from a clinical documentation perspective.

Mar 28, 2012
Coding for Intestinal Infections
Audrey Howard, 3M senior consultant, advises on coding for intestinal infections in For The Record’s “Coding Best Practice Column." Special issues involved in ICD-10 coding for intestinal infections are discussed in the “Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding” sidebar.

Mar 28, 2012
Why We Can't Skip ICD-10 and Go Straight to ICD-11
Rhonda Butler responds to recent articles that have suggested skipping ICD-10 in favor of waiting for the release ICD-11. Given the amount of effort and preparation that has gone into preparing for ICD-10, she contends that attempting to make the leap from ICD-9 to ICD-11 is simply not logical.

Mar 26, 2012
ICD-10 Essentials for Busy Physicians - Diabetes and CHF
In the next installment of her PhysBizTech blog series, Rhonda Butler highlights the similarities and differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 documentation and coding needs for diabetes and congestive heart failure (CHF), two conditions that most physicians will come across at some time in their practice.

Mar 26, 2012
New Metrics for Health Care Reform
Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, 3M HIS Chief Medical Officer, discusses the shift toward patient-satisfaction measures such as CAHPS surveys and outcomes measures. Learn how these new measurement tools will give physicians a greater breadth, comparison, and the ability to improve overall performance.

Mar 14, 2012
3M to Speak on Managing Preventable Events at ACHE Congress
Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, 3M HIS Chief Medical Officer, and Caroline Piselli, 3M HIS Business and Strategy Director for Reimbursement and Payor Markets, will present "Aligning Quality Outcomes with Financial Performance: Managing Preventable Events" at the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 19-22 in Chicago.

Mar 13, 2012
80/20 Coding for ICD-10
As Rhonda Butler explains on the PhysBizTech blog, most physicians will only need to know a small subset of ICD-10 codes for about 80% of their practice. Here, she covers the codes for one condition commonly included in this subset of codes: hypertension.

Mar 09, 2012
ICD-10-CM Injury Codes: Capture the Detail Necessary for Accurate Coding
JustCoding News: Inpatient provides an extensive summary of a recent HCPro webinar that featured 3M consultant, Donna Smith, RHIA, discussing ICD-10 coding for musculoskeletal injuries.

Mar 09, 2012
CMS Adds Updates to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System
Dave Fee, 3M outpatient products marketing manager, discusses the latest CMS updates to the outpatient prospective payment system - including new modifier -PD, two edits, and additional APCs - in the Briefings on APCs newsletter.

Mar 09, 2012
CMS Says: Do Yourself a Favor - Return the Overpay
Barbara Aubry, 3M regulatory analyst, blogs about new CMS guidelines that providers need to report and return self-identified Medicare overpayments within 60 days of the incorrect payment identification.

Mar 07, 2012
3M Among Fortune's Most-Admired Companies
Fortune Magazine has released a list of the most admired companies, which were assessed on nine areas, including innovation, people management, global competitiveness, and long-term investment. The list included 3M at No. 18, among others.

Mar 07, 2012
ICD-10 Benefits - Reimbursement
In a continuation of her ICD-10 Benefits series, Ann F. Chenoweth, 3M, describes the billing and reimbursement benefits of ICD-10 implementation for payers and providers.

Feb 29, 2012
Beyond the Buzzwords: Making Analytics Actionable
In a follow-up to his previous blog,  Jeremy Zasowski, 3M, argues that in addition to creating quality output, new analytics and intelligent automation solutions need to be flexible, customizable, and actionable to help physicians and other hospital team members avoid "alert fatigue."

Feb 29, 2012
HIMSS12: Raising the Stakes on Meaningful Use
Featured in Hospitals & Health Networks, Marc Probst, CIO and vice president of information systems at Intermountain Healthcare, discusses interoperability and standards with regard to Meaningful Use in this article. Video recorded at the 3M HIS booth at the HIMSS 2012 Convention and Exhibit.

Feb 27, 2012
ICD-10 Needs a Spin Doctor
In her most recent blog, Rhonda Butler, 3M, tackles the negative "spin" that ICD-10 has been receiving. She responds to accusations regarding the number, complexity, and relevance ICD-10 codes with her own revelatory "counterspin."

Feb 27, 2012
Buzzwords at HIMSS: Looking Under the Hood
Jeremy Zasowski, 3M, lays out the key buzzwords heard and discussed at the 2012 HIMSS Convention and Exhibit.

Feb 20, 2012
Viva Las Vegas! What to See and Do at #HIMSS12
The latest blog from 3M Health Information Systems covers the top sights and activities to visit and participate in at the 2012 HIMSS Convention and Exhibit.

Feb 16, 2012
U.S. Hospitals Prepare for ICD-10 Implementation with 3M 360 Encompass Systems
Healthcare reform, new compliance regulations, and the move to outcomes-based payment are putting pressure on clinical documentation and coding processes at hospitals across the country. To address these challenges and help transition to the new ICD-10 coding standard, 42 healthcare organizations have selected the 3M 360 Encompass System. Read more.

Feb 15, 2012
What You Don't Need to Know About ICD-10
In her last blog, Rhonda Butler, 3M, introduced why the number of ICD-10 codes is not a big deal. This blog describes two other aspects of ICD-10 you don’t need to spend time or money to learn in detail.

Feb 15, 2012
What you don't need to know about ICD-10
Rhonda Butler approaches the discussion of ICD-10 with clarity and honesty. Learn to identify two ICD-10 aspects of ICD-10 physicians and practice managers don’t need to spend time or money to learn in detail.

Feb 07, 2012
Are Templates the Answer?
What happens when clinical documentation strategies to meet Meaningful Use requirements don’t line up with an organization’s strategies to improve clinical documentation for coding and profiling? Learn some of the pros and cons of template-based EHR physician documentation in a blog by Jeremy Zasowski.

Feb 07, 2012
Preparing for ICD-10
Terri McCubbin, Director of 3M ICD-10 Consulting Services, is interviewed about critical steps to ensuring a successful ICD-10 transition in a comprehensive article published in Healthcare Financial Management.

Feb 06, 2012
Why the number of ICD-10 codes is not a big deal
Believe it or not, you do not need to know or care about how many ICD-10 codes there are. Understand the shift in physician workflow and practice management by reading the latest post in a series by Rhonda Butler on the PhysBizTech blog.

Feb 02, 2012
ACDIS members elect four new Advisory Board members
ACDIS, the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists reports that Sue Belley, project manager for 3M ICD-10 Consulting Services, has been elected to the ACDIS board of directors.

Jan 31, 2012
Coding for Viral Hepatitis
Audrey Howard, 3M senior consultant, advises on coding for dermatitis in For The Record’s "Coding Best Practice Column." Website features "Thinking Ahead: ICD-10 Coding" sidebar for issues related to coding for viral hepatitis.

Jan 23, 2012
ICD-10 Best Practices with Connie Tohara Part Two
Fred Pennic, editor of HIT Consultant, features a podcast interview with Connie Tohara on the projects at University of Utah employing Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation and Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC).

Jan 20, 2012
Good Lessons on Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation
ICD-10 Watch and Government Health IT feature blogs by Ron Mills and Rhonda Butler as valuable references to guide ICD-10 implementation.

Jan 18, 2012
ICD-10 Essentials for Busy Physicians
Rhonda Butler begins blogging with PhysBizTech, a new publication launched by MedTech Media. This is the first in a useful series on the subject of ICD-10. The series goal is to offer clear, concise information about ICD-10 to physicians and physician practice managers, so they can focus on the key differences between the code sets — differences that actually matter for coding and documentation.

Jan 16, 2012
ICD-10 Best Practices with Connie Tohara Part One
Fred Pennic, editor of HIT Consultant, features a podcast interview with Connie Tohara on the projects at University of Utah employing Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation and Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC).

Jan 16, 2012
In Defense of Granularity: Why Are There So Many ICD-10 Codes
ICD-10 Watch cites Rhonda Butler's blog in defense of the granularity of ICD-10, as well as the benefits of the updated classification system.

Jan 10, 2012
ICD-10 Language Translation
Jennifer Johnson, student and blogger, cites a blog Ron Mills as making a key clarification in ICD-10 preparations. The particular analogy frames learning ICD-10 as similar to learning a foreign language.

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