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Why we should applaud the end of the ICD-10 grace period

The end of the ICD-10 grace period is here and blogger Rhonda Butler wants us to know why that's a good thing. From the continued evolution of health care to reducing per capita cost while improving the health of the population and the patient experience, confidence in coded data is key.

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When Jobs met Wozniak: partnerships as the catalyst for healthcare 3.0
Partnerships like that of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak bring together unique and complementary strengths that can act as a catalyst for innovation in any field. In this commentary for Becker's Hospital Review, 3M Health Information Systems President JaeLynn Williams explores how these kinds of partnerships can impact the future of healthcare delivery and payment.

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The ICD-10 Saga—Lost Years and Hard Lessons
If the transition to ICD-10 is any indication of the course of future updates to our basic healthcare data infrastructure, it is important to understand the tactics and motivation behind the policy debate and the campaign to stop ICD-10 implementation.

A new commentary from Rich Averill in the Journal of AHIMA examines arguments from ICD-10 proponents and opponents alike and discusses takeaway lessons from the transition that the industry can employ for future policy changes.

Read the full commentary in the Journal of AHIMA.

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.

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.

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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.

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