Medical Coding Solutions
3M™ Codefinder™ Software
3M™ Codefinder™ Software is a sophisticated, easy-to-learn tool for accurate, complete and compliant coding and grouping. 3M Codefinder is the only coding system in the world that provides coders with over 100,000 logic pathways, connecting diagnoses with appropriate procedures. It has a knowledge base that insures comprehensive coding from a clinical point of view.
It is much more than just a computerized ICD book. 3M Codefinder includes all the coding rules and regulations and it is updated on a regular basis. 3M Codefinder combines a broad vocabulary of clinical terms and concept hierarchies. The system understands entire context of patient's condition and helps prevent the following type of common coding errors:
- Incomplete coding
- Inconsistent coding
- Inaccurate coding
- Invalid (non-terminal or nonexistent) codes
- Nonspecific (NEC, NOS) codes
- Excessive coding
A single pathway in the 3M Codefinder software will not only prompt the user for the primary diagnosis or procedure as directed by the coders keyword entry, but prompt for further related conditions (co-mobidities), complications, external causes, and procedures resulting in multiple code assignment from one pathway. Users of the system comment that this methodology speeds up the coding process in addition to improving coding consistency and completeness.
The 3M Codefinder software automates, through decision logic, the complex steps a coder takes when assigning a diagnostic or procedure code. It also computes the DRG (Diagnostic Related Group) and flags the outcome and the factors influencing DRG assignment.
The 3M Codefinder software recognizes and wide range of acronyms, abbreviations and eponyms. This speeds up and improves the coding process by allowing the user to enter varied medical record terms and still be able to find the correct code. In other words, there is more than one way for the coder to get to the appropriate coding pathway – saving time and minimizing frustration often associated with a broad medical vocabulary.
For codes that are used frequently and therefore memorized by the coder, there is an option for a direct entry into 3M Codefinder. A summary of the coded patient encounter can be printed and made part of the patient’s record.
3M™ Health Record Management Software
The 3M™ Health Record Management Software (3M HRM) is a Microsoft® Windows®-based software application that
- Provides integrated clinical and financial information for HIM with reporting tools to help manage departmental, hospital, and health care business needs
- Increases staff productivity by effectively enhancing workflow functions and automating reports
- Evolves with changing needs for data management, processing, or reporting
Data retention—reduces the time it takes to capture patient records, code diagnoses and procedures, and generate coding summaries using specific process workflow.
Reporting—provides a large library of reports and ad hoc reporting. Summarizes Inpatient encounters from a clinical, financial, or coder productivity perspective, and, by adding patient charges, identifies areas that need further analysis to help achieve full, appropriate reimbursement.
Scheduling—allows the user to automatically generate hospital or enterprise-wide reports for all patient health care settings.
CONTROL WORKFLOW AND EMPHASIZE QUALITY
The software offers a rich set of data elements so the user can choose what is needed for current data collection and reporting processes. Simply modify or add to the data elements as processes evolve or regulations change. The software can help streamline and automate workflow through interfaces, worklists that drill down to specific records, flexible data entry methods, extensive keystroke shortcuts, and user-specific processes. Data may be collected while the patient is in house or after discharge.
SEAMLESS AUTOMATION AND INTEGRATION WITH THE 3M™ Codefinder Software
Together, the 3M™ Codefinder and 3M HRM creates a powerful, sophisticated system that can help automate coding processes. Once the coding system computes codes along with the appropriate grouping, 3M HRM stores the results for retrospective analysis. This combination also includes:
-A dynamic database designed to handle current and future coding and grouping products, storing all results for analysis.
-Integration with multiple grouping systems on a single encounter. This integration allows automatic grouping and capturing of results without taking additional coder time.
Security with 3M HRM tools
3M HRM offers security levels in both the data entry and reporting functions to control a user’s access to the information. These security levels allow or prevent reading, inserting, editing, or printing on a per data element basis. In addition, modifications to key demographic information are recorded.