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Cognosante Teams With 3M on ICD-10 Services

Leading Healthcare Service Providers Help States Prepare for Compliance and Transition to ICD-10

MCLEAN, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/29/12 -- Cognosante, a leading provider of IT services to healthcare organizations, announced its partnership with 3M Health Information Systems to provide the 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool (CTT) to state-sponsored health plans, including Medicaid agencies.

Cognosante has a robust Standards Compliance Practice and provides a variety of services to assist state-sponsored health plans and Medicaid agencies comply with ICD-10, known as the International Classification of Diseases. Cognosante supports state-sponsored health plans and Medicaid agencies with project management, business and technical assessment services and governance. In addition, Cognosante manages the implementation planning, remediation, testing and independent verification and validation elements of ICD-10 transitions for its customers and has already begun working with state Medicaid agencies on ICD-10 conversion efforts.

"Cognosante's subject matter expertise and disciplined approach to project management combined with 3M's experience in coding, classification and ICD-10 give our clients the best in the industry to address their ICD-10 challenges," said Susan Ackley, Director of Standards Compliance at Cognosante. "We are proud to partner with 3M to ensure the utmost accuracy and a successful transition to ICD-10 for state health plans."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last month announced its intention to delay the date by which health care organizations must adopt ICD-10. This action eases the pressure and reduces the immediate regulatory burden on health care organizations struggling to convert their systems, process, and personnel to ICD-10, and offers an opportunity for these organizations to plan for and execute a successful transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

The CTT is a customized code conversion and translation tool that assists organizations in converting from ICD-9 to ICD-10. With its user-friendly interface, CTT isolates complex translation issues and provides tabular and index information along with reference data, to help organizations resolve conversion and mapping issues.

"Cognosante is a trusted partner to many public and private organizations. We look forward to complementing our software with their project and implementation expertise to smooth their clients' transition to ICD-10 for Medicaid agencies and other state health plans," said Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, Health Information Systems Chief Medical Officer at 3M.

About Cognosante
Cognosante is a leading provider of IT services to healthcare organizations. The company assists its clients in developing, managing and executing complex healthcare information programs and infrastructures. Its expertise includes standards development, interoperability, business and technical architecture, modular system integration, health informatics, Medicaid, health information exchange, improper payment, health insurance exchange, NwHIN, and The Direct Project. Please visit www.cognosante.com for more information.

About 3M Health Information Systems
Best known for its market-leading coding system and ICD-10 expertise, 3M Health Information Systems delivers innovative software and consulting services designed to raise the bar for clinical documentation improvement, computer-assisted coding, mobile physician applications, case mix and quality outcomes reporting, and document management. Our robust healthcare data dictionary and terminology services also support the expansion and accuracy of the electronic health record (EHR) system. With nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience and the know-how of more than 100 credentialed 3M coding experts, 3M is the go-to choice for more than 5,000 hospitals worldwide that want to improve quality and financial performance. Visit www.3MHIS.com.

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