Computer-assisted coding software for small hospitals and a clearinghouse ready to test ICD-10 are among recent announcements from health information technology vendors:

* 3M Health Information Systems in late 2013 will introduce computer-assisted coding software for small community and rural hospitals. The system will significantly reduce the need for interfaces to documentation sources, according to the vendor. It captures the patient chart from the 3M Coding and Reimbursement System and uses natural language processing technology to assign codes for review or to go directly to billing. Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield, Ky., is a test site for the new software. Coders at the hospital were amazed when the software was installed in one morning and they were fully coding in the afternoon, says CFO Scott Arndell.

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