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November 11, 2011

DST Health Solutions Selects 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool

DST Health Solutions, LLC, will now be able to leverage ICD-10 Code Translation Tool from 3M Health Information Systems to help health plan clients transition their business operations to support new ICD-10 coding. A powerful web-based application, the 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool supports ICD-9 to ICD-10 code conversion of large, complex information systems.

According to the agreement, DST Health Solutions' experts to use the 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool to translate codes appropriately based on medical management and financial drivers, and create specific mappings to meet the particular needs of each healthcare organization.

“ICD-10 is one of the most significant business and system changes the health insurance industry has faced — both financially and clinically,” said Steve Sabino, president, DST Health Solutions. “Working together, DST Health Solutions and 3M have the tools and expertise to help health plans successfully meet these requirements.”

“By integrating the 3M ICD-10 translation technology with services offered by DST Health Solutions, we can help payer organizations take immediate action to convert information systems, update processes, and take advantage of the rich detail of ICD-10 converted data,” said Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, chief medical officer for 3M Health Information Systems. “We look forward to working together to help health plans achieve a successful ICD-10 transition.”

In related news, Navigant and 3M Health Information Systems announced that together they will support provider clients as they apply to participate in the CMS Innovation Center Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, through which providers will have flexibility in determining which episodes of care and which services will be bundled, as well as which model of bundled payments works best for them.

Navigant and 3M will assist providers in assessing and designing pilots for Medicare's Bundled Payment Initiative. The resources these two firms bring together include performance improvement, reimbursement expertise and strategic advisory services from Navigant, along with clinical classification and bundled payment expertise from 3M Health Information Systems.

Rahul Arora is a HealthTechZone contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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