Medical Coding Solutions
3M™ Codefinder™ Software
3M™ Codefinder™ Software takes English text and converts to ICD, CPT codes, or conversely, takes the code input and assigns the text. CodeFinder is the only coding system in the world that provides 120,000 logic pathways for coders 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. CodeFinder includes all the coding rules and regulations and it updated on a regular basis. 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 manually from coding books. 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, these codes can be entered directly into CodeFinder. A summary printout of the coded patient encounter can be printed and made part of the patient’s record.