New Release of 3M Chargemaster Online Improves Charge Capture

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3M™ Chargemaster Online, a comprehensive web-based chargemaster management solution from 3M Health Information Systems, Inc., has been upgraded with advanced charge capture features that go beyond standard coding validations to alert healthcare organizations to revenue opportunities that may have been overlooked.

With hospitals today operating on such small margins, it is critical that all appropriate revenue be captured

3M™ Chargemaster Online, a comprehensive web-based chargemaster management solution from 3M Health Information Systems, Inc., has been upgraded with advanced charge capture features that go beyond standard coding validations to alert healthcare organizations to revenue opportunities that may have been overlooked. The software analyzes all procedures itemized in the chargemaster and automatically identifies related procedures or devices which may be missing or for which charges may not have been generated. Upon review, facilities can take corrective action to improve charge capture and revenue.

The new release of 3M Chargemaster Online offers greater control over the chargemaster for multi-facility organizations by allowing a central chargemaster to be designated as the corporate standard. It can then be used as a template by all facilities to simplify the process of maintaining compliance with coding regulations. In addition, cross-departmental communication is streamlined with enhanced workflow features, including updated forms, assigned approval teams, and user-friendly email functions that accommodate multiple requests on a single form.

"With hospitals today operating on such small margins, it is critical that all appropriate revenue be captured," said Jerry Kolosky, vice president, Medical Necessity & Compliance Solutions for 3M Health Information Systems. "With this new version of 3M Chargemaster Online, we're providing a robust solution for identifying revenue opportunities that could easily be missed. By offering an even greater selection of workflow enhancements, we can also help our customers promote effective chargemaster management and improve the bottom line."

3M Chargemaster Online combines advanced software with onsite support from chargemaster experts to provide a complete solution. These experts address specific problems identified by the software and work with facilities to align the chargemaster update and maintenance process between the hospital's ancillary departments, finance, patient accounts, and health information management. Healthcare organizations avoid a long and involved manual review of chargemaster items, and instead can focus immediately on correction and education.

A dedicated medical informatics team continually updates 3M Chargemaster Online with the latest coding and regulatory changes. The software is available in an ASP model accessed through Windows® Internet Explorer®. More information about 3M Chargemaster Online, 3M Consulting Services, and 3M Health Information Systems is available at http://www.3Mhis.com , or by calling 800-367-2447.

About 3M Health Information Systems:
3M Health Information Systems, part of the 3M Health Care family, is a leading provider of advanced software tools and services that help healthcare organizations capture, classify, and manage accurate healthcare data. 3M Health Information Systems products help ensure the quality of data, which drives an organization's ability to manage revenue, comply with regulations, improve quality of patient care and manage resources effectively. 3M Health Care, one of 3M's six major business segments, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice, delivery and outcome of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets.

About 3M − A Global, Diversified Technology Company:
Every day, 3M people find new ways to make amazing things happen. Wherever they are, whatever they do, the company's customers know they can rely on 3M to help make their lives better. 3M's brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, Command and Vikuiti. Serving customers around the world, the people of 3M use their expertise, technologies and global strength to lead in major markets including consumer and office; display and graphics; electronics and telecommunications; safety, security and protection services; health care; industrial and transportation. For more information, including the latest product and technology news, visit http://www.3M.com.

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