Sharp HealthCare Awards Contract to 3M for 360 Encompass System

  Sharp HealthCare Awards Contract to 3M for 360 Encompass System

Integrated computer-assisted coding and documentation improvement system will
              be used to monitor outcomes and prepare for ICD-10

Business Wire

SALT LAKE CITY -- November 20, 2012

Sharp HealthCare, a not-for-profit integrated regional healthcare delivery
system based in San Diego, Calif., has selected the 3M 360 Encompass System to
integrate and automate medical records coding, clinical documentation
improvement (CDI), and performance monitoring across all Sharp facilities,
including four acute-care hospitals and affiliated medical groups. The
advanced technology from 3M Health Information Systems will help Sharp
HealthCare achieve greater coding productivity, complete documentation for
better coded data, more accurate reimbursement, and actionable data to improve
patient care processes.

Sharp will implement the 3M 360 Encompass System integrated with its Cerner
electronic health medical record (EMR) to address the inefficiencies of
multiple coding and documentation workflows and the added costs of unconnected
systems. The 3M solution promotes complete capture of patient severity in
physician documentation to improve case mix and significantly reduces the time
and resources needed to prepare physicians for ICD-10, the new national
healthcare coding standard.

“We did extensive research looking for an automated coding and documentation
improvement solution that was big enough to meet the needs of a large
organization like Sharp,” said Kari Cornicelli, Chief Financial Officer for
Sharp Grossmont Hospital. “Accurate coding was a deciding factor in choosing
3M. We’ve been a 3M client for years and trust their coding software to keep
us compliant and our reimbursement on target. 3M’s strong consulting program
in clinical documentation improvement was the other factor in our decision.”

Sharp HealthCare has also contracted for the 3M DRG Assurance Program, 3M’s
industry-leading clinical documentation improvement consulting program used by
more than 1,500 U.S. hospitals to help physicians improve documentation
specificity. The contract also includes the 3M Ambulatory Revenue Management
System, which monitors data accuracy, validates medical necessity, and audits
for compliance throughout the entire revenue cycle.

With the 3M Coding and Reimbursement System as its foundation, the 3M 360
Encompass System incorporates complete ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding
content. The application natively codes in ICD-10 and enables coding in ICD-9
while viewing the ICD-10 equivalent. 3M is an international leader in coding
and patient classification systems with more than 5,000 hospitals worldwide
using 3M coding solutions to code and group patient data for decision support,
quality measurement, and reimbursement.

More information about the 3M 360 Encompass System is available online or by
calling 800-367-2447.

About 3M Health Information Systems
Best known for its market-leading coding system and ICD-10 expertise, 3M
Health Information Systems delivers innovative software and consulting
services designed to raise the bar for clinical documentation improvement,
computer-assisted coding, performance monitoring, and quality outcomes
reporting. 3M’s robust healthcare data dictionary and terminology services
support data interoperability and the expansion and accuracy of the electronic
health record. With nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience and the
know-how of more than 100 credentialed 3M coding experts, 3M is the go-to
choice for more than 5,000 hospitals worldwide that want to improve quality
and financial performance.

360 Encompass and 3M are registered trademarks of 3M Company.


3M media contacts:
Mollie Houns, 952-920-6951
Price Houns Associates
Mary Kokkinen, 651-733-8806
3M Public Relations and Corporate Communications
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