ICD-10 receives boost from 3M

As hospitals and healthcare IT managers prepare for the impending deadline for the migration to the new International Disease Classification (ICD) 10 codebase, the 3M Corporation has announced an ICD-10 Readiness Tool. The software that allows physicians and their healthcare IT departments to prepare for the transition to the new codebase, and to begin coding natively in the new format, according to Information Week.

3M officials said that the new tools, titled the Coding and Reimbursement System (CRS), will enable experienced coders to begin writing software using the new codebase, and that the software will provide them with a comparison table to compare the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 code. The CRS will also enable healthcare IT managers to effectively plan for the upcoming transition in October 2013, regardless of what stage of adoption they are presently in.

“The new software release also makes it possible to identify gaps in the physician documentation that could impact coding accuracy under ICD-10,” Andy Sager, product manager for the 3M CRS, told the news source. “Clients currently licensing the 3M coding and reimbursement system appreciate that the ICD-10 features and coding content are delivered at no cost as part of the normal quarterly update process.”

The CRS software can be deployed to any Windows-based computer network, or can be utilized through a cloud-based interface online. The code featured in the CRS is fully compliant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) regulatory guidelines, and the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

In addition to ongoing support for healthcare IT professionals, the 3M CRS is packaged with extensive online documentation and training modules to make the transition to the new codebase as easy as possible.

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