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Jul 29, 2015
This Will Go On Your Permanent Record—Or Will It?
The debate surrounding physician queries focuses on several issues, however reimbursement and physician satisfaction remain top concerns. Cheryl Manchenton, project manager and quality services lead for 3M HIS Consulting Services delves into the importance of queries.

Jul 29, 2015
Henry Ford Health System adds $20 million in revenue by tightening clinical documentation
Henry Ford Health System centralized their clinical documentation improvement programs using 3M's 360 Encompass System. Coders and CDI specialists can access a common view of patient information that captures patient severity in physician documentation.

Jul 28, 2015
Minn. Uses Data Analytics To Find Preventable ED Visits, Admissions
The Minnesota Department of Public Health used claims data analytics from the Minnesota all payer claims database to identify nearly 1.3 million unnecessary hospital visits, totaling about $2 billion in potential savings.

Jul 28, 2015
Minnesota data analytics IDs potential savings
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) used claims data from the Minnesota All Payer Claims Database (MN APCD) and data analytics developed by 3M HIS to estimate the volume of potentially preventable patient visits to hospitals and emergency departments. MDH found that in one year 1.3 million patient visits, costing nearly $2 billion, were potentially preventable.

Jul 10, 2015
Minnesota chooses 3M Health Information Systems to support healthcare improvement
3M Health Information Systems' analytics will power Minnesota state's Integrated Health Partnership, an initiative designed to test new healthcare delivery and payment models.

Jul 06, 2015
A better road to data interoperability?
Health IT News examines new EHR platforms that are aiding the mover toward ERH interoperability. 3M Health Information Systems president JaeLynn Williams, identifies what market trends will have the greatest impact.

Jun 23, 2015
3M Introduces the 3M Health System Performance Suite
As hospitals and health systems navigate the journey from volume- to value-based health care, 3M Health Information Systems is applying the analytic power of its extensive clinical and claims database to help providers assess the costs, outcomes and effectiveness of care delivery. The new cloud based 3M Health System Performance Suite offers advanced analytic tools to aid healthcare organizations.

Jun 16, 2015
Improving MD Documentation and Clinical Decision Support Processes in Wheeling, West Virginia
Healthcare Informatics Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland sat down with several senior executives from Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia to talk about how they are making important strides in improving physician documentation practices by leveraging 3M Health Information Systems technology to improve key documentation processes.

Read more at Healthcare Informatics.

Video: Learn how 360 Encompass MD can help physicians’ documentation processes.

Jun 02, 2015
Life After ICD-10
Rhonda Butler, CCS, CCS-P, senior clinical research analyst at 3M Health Information Systems, has an optimistic short-term outlook with regard to ICD-10 implementation. Mary Butler with The Journal of AHIMA describes how daily life might be like for coders, physicians, and hospitals after the October 1 go-live date.

Jun 02, 2015
New Release of 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool Includes CPT®/HCPCS Codes
Transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10 requires a powerful tool. Not only do you need to prepare for implementation, but accurate translations can help organizations avoid costly legal and financial risks after ICD-10 begins. To help hospital organizations and physician practices convert systems, reports and records into the language of ICD-10, 3M has released a new version of the 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool, which has been expanded to include Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) and other HCPCS codes.

May 21, 2015
Talk Ten Tuesdays ACDIS 2015 Edition
Donna Smith, RHIA, project manager with 3M HIS consulting services, makes a guest appearance (at 14:40) on a special edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. Donna provides real life examples, taken from her keynote presentation, on the reimbursement impact of ICD-10 for organizations paid under APR-DRGs.

May 19, 2015
“Doc Fix” shifts physicians into value based payment, highlights the importance of ICD-10
With the SGR repealed and a new dual-mechanism method for reimbursement in place, physicians take a step away from fee-for-service toward merit-based incentive model. Ann Chenoweth, senior director of industry relations for 3M Health Information Systems, writes for HIMSS Business Edge on the changes facing the health care industry.

May 12, 2015
2015 Client Experience Summit Award Winners
The 2015 3M Health Information Systems Client Experience Summit culminated in the annual awards ceremony where outstanding clients were recognized for achievements in technology innovation, clinical documentation program execution, data analytics to improve patient care, quality coding and classification, and data management.

Read more about the award winners.

May 12, 2015
Why is nursing informatics important in healthcare?
Susan Matney, Medical Informaticist, 3M HIS, and Robin Hoover, Clinical Informaticist, Merit Health River Region, explain the role of nurses in improving clinical documentation.

Apr 21, 2015
CDI Makes Its Mark
A successful clinical documentation improvement program has far-reaching benefits. Cheryl Manchenton, 3M senior inpatient consultant and project manager, offers practical guidance on CDI success now that ICD-10 implementation is only five months away.

Apr 21, 2015
ACDIS Conference Update: Speaker Q&A
Katherine Rushlau interviewed ACDIS keynote speaker, Donna Smith, RHIA, senior consultant for 3M Health Information Systems. Donna will present, Analyzing the Realistic Impact of ICD-10 on APR-DRGs, at the 2015 ACDIS Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Apr 14, 2015
ICD-10: What's different this time?
Healthcare IT News' editor, Tom Sullivan, speaks with Trinity’s Acute Care CMIO Errol Soskolne, MD about preparing physicians for ICD-10 using 3M's 360 Encompass MD software.

Apr 13, 2015
3M Introduces Advanced Physician Documentation Platform
To help healthcare systems improve the accuracy of patient data and address growing compliance concerns with electronic health record (EHR) documentation, 3M today introduced new physician workflow technology that transforms the documentation process for physicians. The new 3M 360 Encompass MD System utilizes computer-assisted physician documentation guidance, automated clinical documentation (CDI) queries, and a sophisticated "copy-paste" analysis tool.

Apr 13, 2015
Boring Brands Can Crush Social Media...And 5 Other Things You Can Learn From 3M
Forbes gives props to 3M's social media strategy.

Apr 08, 2015
Who said the road to EMR documentation compliance would be easy?
Barbara Aubry, 3M HIS regulatory analyst, discusses the challenges of ensuring compliant EHR documentation and the risks of "copy-paste" from her perspective as a nurse and former compliance auditor in this article published in WEDI's Health IT NewsWatch.

Apr 07, 2015
Realizing Value Through Innovation
Complete and accurate documentations critical to improving key performance indicators for both hospitals and physicians. Engaging physicians in a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program is an important step in achieving better results. Dr. Michael Powell outlines four essential components of a successful CDI initiative.

Apr 01, 2015
Video: Why is ICD-10 important to patient care?
Susan Belley, manager of clinical content development for 3M Health Information Systems, believes ICD-9 is holding back the US healthcare industry. In this video she explains how important the move to ICD-10 is for patient care.

Apr 01, 2015
CMS adds comprehensive APC logic in January quarterly I/OCE quarterly update
CMS' January I/OCE update brought many changes, including new codes, status indicators, and modifiers. In this article from HCPro's Just Coding, Dave Fee, MBA, reviews the latest changes and when they will be implemented by CMS.

Mar 25, 2015
3M Participates in Launch of HHS Initiative to Advance Value and Quality in Health Care
3M Company, along with other national employers, providers, payers, consumers, and state health organizations, joined President Barack Obama and agency directors from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Wednesday’s kick-off of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. This bold new HHS initiative, announced in January 2015, seeks to advance value and quality in health care by moving the U.S. health care system toward rewarding health providers for quality of care, rather than quantity.

Mar 11, 2015
ICD-10 proponents ready to fight any delays linked to 'doc fix'
Richard Averill, director of public policy for 3M Health Information Systems, speaks with Modern Healthcare’s Paul Demko about the chances of another last minute ICD-10 delay.

Mar 10, 2015
Case Study: Hospital Executive Council (HEC)
The challenge: For decades, hospitals have used traditional inpatient metrics drawn from clinical or discharge data to improve efficiency, with measures like length of stay. Today, the shift to performance-based payment systems requires new measures and metrics to identify potential opportunities for improving care delivery and patient outcomes while also reducing the risk of financial penalties from adverse outcomes.

The Hospital Executive Council (HEC) of New York took up the challenge, searching for innovative approaches and new data sources to identify and analyze complications and readmissions.

Mar 04, 2015
Infographic: The Complexities and Costs of Medical Necessity
Medical necessity checking is complex. And if done incorrectly, you can find costly denials in your claims. In fact, most hospitals say medical necessity denials are the most costly denial. Learn more about the complexities and costs of medical necessity in this infographic.

Feb 18, 2015
U.S. States: Quality and Cost Innovation
A number of U.S. states have launched healthcare quality initiatives that link patient outcomes to financial incentives. These states are using 3M risk adjustment tools to analyze outcomes and identify preventable readmissions, preventable complications and other types of avoidable care.

Government Health IT spoke with 3M HIS President JaeLynn Williams about states that are leading the way in quality and cost innovation.

Feb 13, 2015
ICD-10 Won’t Significantly Impact MS-DRGs for Two Years
A new study published in the Journal of AHIMA examines the possible effects of ICD-10 on payments. ICD-10 MS-DRGs are basically “a replication” of those currently in use under ICD-9, writes a team of researchers from 3M Health Information Systems, and will have little impact on the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups used for inpatient reimbursement in the immediate future.

Feb 12, 2015
ICD-10 to Have Minimal Impact on Inpatient Payments Initially
Health Data Management analyzes a recent study published in the Journal of AHIMA, conducted by 3M Health Information Systems employees.

Feb 12, 2015
House Members Mull October ICD-10 Launch at Hearing Congress loses patience with delays.
Rich Averill, director of public policy at 3M Health Information Systems, attended a House subcommittee where members seemed to be leaning toward making sure the current Oct. 1 deadline sticks.

Feb 11, 2015
3M testifies at congressional hearing on ICD-10
Richard Averill, MS, director of public policy for 3M Health Information Systems, testified before the House Energy & Commerce Committee in a Feb. 10 hearing about ICD-10 implementation readiness. "If we are to transition the health care system to one that focuses on value over volume, we need ICD-10. It is simply time to have our diagnosis and procedure coding system reflect modern medicine."

Read his full testimony here.

Read an event recap from the Journal of AHIMA here.

3M HIS is a member of the Coalition for ICD-10. Visit the Coalition's website to learn more about supporting the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date.

Feb 10, 2015
Survey Reveals ICD-10 Costs for Small Physician Practices Significantly Lower
ICD-10 costs for small physician practices are significantly much lower than expected, according to a new study released today by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM). The survey of 276 physician practices of fewer than six providers revealed that total ICD-10 transition costs for an entire practice averaged $8,167.

Feb 09, 2015
Case study: Kettering Health Network
When Kettering Health Network set out to re-engineer its outpatient revenue cycle, the organization knew it had to address an increasing rate of denials and find a way to capture revenue tied up in bill holds or write-offs. In this case study, Debbie Shrubb, corporate HIM director, describes how process change and innovative 3M technology led to a clean claim rate of 96 percent (20 percent higher than the national average for a high-performing hospital).

Feb 04, 2015
Healthcare leaders talk candidly about achieving better population health
You’ve heard of population health, but what action is the industry taking to achieve better population health outcomes? At a 3M seminar, leaders from health plans, hospitals, government and non-profit organizations shared how they’re using patient-centered models of care, unique partnerships and the right metrics to impact population health outcomes.

Jan 19, 2015
Video: Physicians and CDI
Dr. Tom Kravis, MD, physician executive at 3M Health Information Systems, says: “As a physician, I know how busy a physician’s day can be. Between seeing my patients, hospital rounds, documenting each encounter, reading dozens of charts and test reports, team meetings, and unplanned emergencies, they must also respond ASAP to queries from CDI specialists asking for even more information about their patients.”

Jan 15, 2015
Rise of the Scribe
In the EHR era, these documentation darlings are lending physicians a helping hand. But at what cost? Will the growing use of medical scribes decrease the need for medical transcriptionists? As documentation demands increase for physicians, and organizations enlist scribes to offset the additional workload, Jill Devrick, MPA, 3M product solutions advisor, explores the evolving role of MTs in promoting complete and accurate EHR documentation.

Jan 14, 2015
Congress Declines to Extend ICD-10 Transition Deadline...For Now
The National Law Review examines the controversy over the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 deadline. A major component to for delay advocates has been the cost to physicians. For example, an AMA study states costs will range from $22,000 to as much as $106,000. In contrast, a November 2014 article in the Journal of AHIMA disputes this estimate and calculates the transition cost at roughly $2,000 to $5,900 for small practices.

Jan 01, 2015
Podcast: Healthcare Payment Reform and Outcomes Measurement
In an information-packed interview with Kip Piper of the Piper Report, Dr. Norbert Goldfield, medical director for 3M Health Information Systems, discusses advances in linking healthcare payment to patient outcomes. Replacing traditional fee-for-service reimbursement with outcomes-based payment models depends on data-driven systems that align clinical and financial performance.

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