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Jun 30, 2016
3M Health Information Systems Integrates McKesson InterQual Connect into 3M ClinTrac Product Suite
McKesson Health Solutions' InterQual Connect is now being integrated with the 3M ClinTrac Suite from 3M Health Information Systems. 3M Health Information Systems is the first vendor of provider care management and revenue cycle software to bring InterQual Connect’s medical review and automated authorization capabilities to its customers.

Jun 27, 2016
3M Introduces New 3M 360 Encompass MD—Patient Insights Suite
3M Health Information Systems today introduced the 3M 360 Encompass MD—Patient Insights Suite, the latest addition to its complete system of physician workflow and analytic tools for value-based care success. The new software suite aggregates EHR and claims data across all patient encounters, and risk adjusts the data to build an accurate, longitudinal view of a patient’s health condition.

Read the full press release here.

Jun 22, 2016
MIPS: Will You Earn More or Less Money?
Starting January 2016, most physicians in Medicare will have to report quality mesures under a new program called the Merit-Based Incetive Payment System (MIPS). Many details of the MIPS program won't be known until the final rule is issued. However, experts in measurement programs have been drawing many tentative conclusions. In this article from Medscape, 3M's L. Gordon Moore, MD provides answers to some physician concerns about MIPS.

Jun 20, 2016
Upcoming Webinar: The intersection of data quality and your reimbursement
What makes a quality data foundation and how does it impact your reimbursement, today and tomorrow? Join our June 27 webinar to see how physician and coder audits can help you understand your current status and prepare for future reimbursement changes. Our experts will discuss PQRS, MIPS, APMs and how data quality drives the future.

Sign up now to attend our June 27 webinar at 1 p.m. ET.

Jun 16, 2016
For true value-based care, focus on outcomes instead of processes
A new study from 3M Clinical and Economic Research demonstrates that outcomes measures are more effective than process measures in driving value-based care.

Read more at RevCycle Intelligence.

Jun 14, 2016
Mastering the Complexities of MSSP ACO Payment at Janesville, Wisconsin’s Mercy Health System
How does participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) affect coding practices? Mercy Health System partnered with 3M Health Information Systems to optimize reimbursement under the system. Ladd Udy, director of population health and ACO for Mercy Health, shares his learnings around optimizing coding under the MSSP program.

Read more in Healthcare Informatics.

Jun 08, 2016
Coding and the Third-Party Option
In the preparation for ICD-10, many orgnaizations looked to outsourcing coding to balance their workloads. Sue Belley, manager of clinical content development for 3M HIS, and Patricia Jones head of coding quality and ICD-10 at Inova Health System speak with For the Record on the merits of outsourced coding.

Jun 06, 2016
What’s next for ICD-10?
Now that the code freeze is over, big changes are coming to ICD-10. New codes are being issued for the first time since 2012, so what does that mean for hospitals and providers? 3M's Barbara Aubry explains in this article from AAPC's Healthcare Business Monthly.

Jun 01, 2016
Analyzing Eight Months of ICD-10
How is the industry doing eight months after the ICD-10 go-live date? Jared Sorenson, vice president of revenue cycle for 3M Health Information is interviewed in this Journal of AHIMA article outlining the impact of ICD-10 on hospital's coding departments productivity.

Read more here.

May 19, 2016
Expansion of CDI to outpatient and physician services: A growing trend
According to a survey released in partnership by ACDIS and 3M Health Information Systems, nearly 90% of respondents indicated that they do not have an existing outpatient and/or physician services CDI program or do not know if they did, and 59% say their top priority is expanding their existing inpatient CDI program in the next 12 months.

How many of our survey respondents are looking to expand their CDI program’s outpatient services?

Find out now by downloading this report at

May 18, 2016
Why CMS needs to get the hospital-acquired complication policy right
While considerable progress has been made in recent years to reduce hospital-acquire complications, but 3M's Clinical and Economic Research team, asks "Is the CMS hospital acquired condition reduction program a valid measure of hospital performance?" 3M's Rich Fuller and Norbert Goldfield examine alternatives.

Read the blog here.

Apr 18, 2016
2016 3M Client Experience Summit
The 2016 3M Client Experience Summit is fast approaching. Will you be there?

"Real People. Real Stories. Real Science."

April 26-28, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT

Click here for the event agenda and more.

Apr 06, 2016
The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare I.T.
3M Health Information Systems president JaeLynn Williams, has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in healthcare IT by Health Data Management's recent award. Under Williams leadership, 3M HIS has been positioned as a national leader in transitioning the healthcare industry to the new ICD-10 coding standard and directing the creative process for 3M technology that aids physicians in accurately documenting medical records.

Apr 01, 2016
Article: Implementing a Site-Neutral Medicare Prospective Payment System
Congress is considering legislation that would move Medicare to a site-neutral prospective payment system in which payment would be the same for inpatient or outpatient services. 3M authors Richard Averill and Richard Fuller discuss the issues and impact of site-neutral payment in this article from Healthcare Financial Management.

Apr 01, 2016
Reducing Readmissions in Minnesota
3M software was used by a Minnesota consortium in a collaborative effort to reduce hospital readmissions in the state of Minnesota. The Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) campaign was one of the largest coordinated improvement initiatives within the state health care community, involving 82 hospitals and 100 community partners, with a focus to keep patients from being readmitted to the hospital when it could have been avoided.

Mar 30, 2016
Blog: What happens in ICD-10-PCS stays in ICD-10-PCS: Understanding the device value
Confused about the seventh axis of ICD-10-PCS reference table? You aren't alone, and in this three part blog series 3Mer Rhonda Butler has you covered.

Read blog part one.

Read blog part two.

Read blog part three.

Mar 20, 2016
Article: ICD-10: Targeting reporting and reimbursement
Six months have passed since ICD-10 went live, and the one year grace period for claims submissions instituted by CMS is half over. 3M's Sue Belley discusses how ICD-10 has changed physician data and where the industry is today.

Mar 15, 2016
Webinar: Driving quality outcomes with 3M APR DRGs
An unintended effect of improved CDI may be a negative impact on your quality profile, so how do you create accurate documentation? Learn more in this webinar with 3Mer Cathy Machacyk.

Mar 10, 2016
Blog: How are my numbers? Analyzing your CAC data
One of the most common questions clients ask after reviewing data is some variation of “How am I doing?” or “Are my numbers good?” These can be challenging questions to answer, and sometimes the best answer is “It depends.” In a two part blog series, blogger Jason Mark explores best practices for reporting.

Read blog part one.

Read blog part two.

Feb 25, 2016
Healthcare IT News: 3M builds out analytics suite
In an article published in Healthcare IT News, the analytics team at University Health System in San Antonio, Texas reports on their efforts to monitor performance and identify areas for quality improvement using the 3M 360 Encompass Health Analytics Suite.

Read more
at Healthcare IT News.

Read the press release here.

Feb 16, 2016
News Brief: Creating a high-performing healthcare system
A recent 3M Health Information Systems conference examined how payers and
providers across the nation are navigating the new era of value-based care. According to Dr. David Blumenthal, President of The Commonwealth Fund, the best way to effect change in healthcare is to impact macrosystems. In this news brief, we recap the five areas Dr. Blumenthal suggests executives focus their attention.

Read more.

Feb 10, 2016
Real Results with ICD-10
Decrease in productivity after ICD-10 was expected, but with 3M solutions it doesn't have to slow you down. Learn how the 3M 360 Encompass System has keep productivity losses at a minimum for our clients.

View our Infographic.

Feb 02, 2016
3M to Retain and Invest in Its Health Information Systems Business
3M today announced that, following an in-depth exploration of strategic alternatives for its Health Information Systems business, the Company has made the decision to retain and further invest in this business.

Jan 26, 2016
Predictive models and population health risk: Payment (part one)
In today's population health environment, risk-adjustment models are being used for both payment and population health management. In part one of this two-part blog, Richard Fuller and Dr. Norbert Goldfield explore the application of risk-adjustment models for capitated payment. They put forth the position that predictive models are vastly inferior to concurrent models for payment and that the use of concurrent models in conjunction with quality outcomes-based targets provides both superior incentives and increased payment accuracy.

Read the blog post here and let us know your opinion in the comments section.

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Jan 25, 2016
Introducing Inside Angle
We've given our blog a fresh new look, making it a new gateway to resources and insights from a wide range of 3M HIS experts. Inside Angle is your one-stop destination for best practice guidance, data analysis, case studies, webinars and more. Discover the inspiration and information you’re looking for on the healthcare topics that matter most.

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Jan 12, 2016
Population Health Requires New Options for Managing Patient Care
As a Medicare Pioneer ACO participant, reducing hospital readmissions is a priority for Montefiore Medical Center. Identifying patients at high risk, however, can be a challenge without the right tools. Using 3M Clinical Risk Grouping (CRG) Software, Montefiore stratifies and assigns a risk category to all patients in the ACO to identify patients that need immediate care to prevent hospitalizations.

Read more at Health Data Management.

Jan 02, 2016
Counting down the top 5 blogs of 2015
Happy New Year to all our blog readers! Before the ball drops in Times Square, catch up on five of our most read blogs of the year.

Read more at the 3M Health Information Systems blog.

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