WellPoint Selects Cerner to Launch ICD-10 Business Continuity Test Program
Cerner Will be Able to Use Electronic Medical Record and Revenue Cycle Test
Findings to Benefit Clients in Their Transitions to ICD-10
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerner (Nasdaq:CERN)
announces it has been selected by WellPoint, Inc., the second largest health
benefits company in the United States, to join forces on a project to test
ICD-10 business continuity. As a selected electronic medical records (EMR) and
Revenue Management supplier, Cerner will conduct thorough ICD-9 to ICD-10 end
to end testing with WellPoint for a select set of clients.
The ICD-10 transition can significantly impact the overall revenue of health
care organizations. The goal of the project is to prove that the end to end
process will work within all the systems.
"Early testing with natively coded ICD-10 claims provided insights into
legitimate shifts in reimbursement with certain methodologies, changes in
behavior of system / business rules, and changes to analytics," said Ian
Bonnet, Vice President with WellPoint, which serves approximately 36 million
people through their affiliated health plans and approximately 67 million
people through subsidiaries.
"Cerner's footprint in clinical systems and revenue cycle support made them a
natural choice for collaborating on ICD-10 testing and we're excited about the
insights both organizations and our shared stakeholders will receive," said
"Participating in this project will allow us to test our integrated clinical
and financial systems prior to the ICD-10 transition to ensure we're ready to
support our clients through the event," said Rick Heise, Cerner vice president
and executive sponsor of the project. "With an estimated 40-50% reduction in
coding productivity being predicted, our clients need to know they can count
on the workflow of Cerner systems involved in physician documentation, medical
coding, billing and interface to communicate with, their clearinghouses and
In order to test for business continuity, the project will run through the
following steps to assure that end to end processes work within the systems of
*Health care providers chosen to be part of the pilot will select cases
that have been submitted and paid coded in ICD-9.
*The providers will then re-code the cases in ICD-10.
*Cerner will be able to take that information through its systems, out
through a clearinghouse and to WellPoint the payer and back to Cerner
through a report containing 835 data.
*Cerner^® solutions involved in testing will include Financial Hub, Patient
Accounting and all systems involved in medical coding, billing and
interface to clearinghouses.
Providers are currently being selected and the testing process should begin
towards the end of 2013.
At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members'
health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and shareholders.
So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their
communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have more than 36
million people in our affiliated health plans, and nearly 67 million people
served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross
licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado,
Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30
counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the
Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and
surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee
in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern
Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these
service areas, WellPoint's plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue
Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas).
WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in
certain markets through our Amerigroup and CareMore subsidiaries. Our 1-800
CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales of contact lenses,
eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional information about WellPoint
is available at www.wellpoint.com.
Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For
more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care
safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper
processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software,
professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer
health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from
individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and
entire countries. Taking what we've learned over more than three decades,
Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support
evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients
in their care.
Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 10,000 facilities around the
world, including more than 2,700 hospitals; 4,150 physician practices; 45,000
physicians; 550 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory
centers, behavioral health centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and
surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 45 employer sites and 1,750
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