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.

* Claims clearinghouse Navicure has announced it is ready to start testing ICD-10 with clients, vendors and insurers. Use of the vendor’s ICD-10 solution is compatible with both the HIPAA 4010 and 5010 electronic transactions. The company also offers denial management and analytics software, as well as educational resources, to aid in transitioning to the new code sets.

* The North Dakota Health Information Network, the state-designated health information exchange, will use the HIE platform software of Orion Health. The suite of software includes a clinical portal, clinical data repository, secure messaging, data analytics and the Rhapsody integration engine. More information on the network is at ndhin.org.

* Ambulatory software vendor eClinicalWorks announced the signing of 1,000 providers during the first six months of 2013 for its revenue cycle management services that were introduced in the spring of 2012. The company offers the financial services bundled with its practice management, electronic health records and portal software, charging 2.9 percent of monthly collected revenue and competing against vendors athenahealth and CareCloud, among others. The company touts a first-pass claims acceptance rate of 98 percent.

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