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3M and AHIMA Sign Agreement for Web-based Training Curriculum; Agreement Addresses Industry Need for Convenient, Affordable Coder Training.

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SALT LAKE CITY--(BW HealthWire)--Oct. 15, 2001

3M Health Information Systems Division announced today that it will significantly expand its 3M Learning web-based training curriculum through an agreement with the American Health Information Management Association The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a non-profit association for health information management professionals. The organization was founded in 1928, and has 51,000 members.  (AHIMA AHIMA American Health Information Management Association (Chicago, IL) ) to license and distribute the association's Coding Assessment and Training Solutions program. The 3M Learning curriculum, which provides clinical and coding content via the Internet to address the education needs of coding professionals, now will be enriched with an additional 300 hours of AHIMA coursework coursework

work done by a student and assessed as part of an educational course

Noun 1. coursework - work assigned to and done by a student during a course of study; usually it is evaluated as part of the student's
 designed for all knowledge levels from entry-level to experienced coders.

The license agreement with AHIMA includes content in three education tracks covering the full spectrum of coding from ICD-9 coding through reimbursement Reimbursement

Payment made to someone for out-of-pocket expenses has incurred.
. A student assessment tool automatically evaluates a student's current knowledge to match the student to the appropriate education track and can be used separately to evaluate a student's skill level. In addition, 3M Learning's student administration and reporting functions track student progress over time, document for compliance, and provide information for measuring an health information management (HIM) department's return on the investment in training.

James Burgess, vice president of 3M Health Information Systems, reiterated the importance of qualified, trained coders in today's health care industry -- and the challenge of finding and keeping them. "The growing complexity of coding and payment systems, along with increasing regulatory pressures, have heightened the need for experienced HIM professionals," says Burgess. "At the same time, the industry's chronic shortage of qualified coders has made ongoing training of new coders time-consuming and expensive for many HIM departments.

"We're very excited to be working with AHIMA, the leading HIM industry association, to provide convenient and affordable web-based training to our customers. This agreement greatly enhances our 3M Learning coding curriculum making it possible for 3M to meet a wide range of HIM training needs, from basic coding instruction to advanced coursework in complex diagnosis and procedure coding."

According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Linda L. Kloss, AHIMA's executive vice president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , AHIMA is committed to providing health information management (HIM) professionals with the resources they need to increase their skills and knowledge in the field. "We are very pleased to partner with 3M Health Information Systems," says Kloss. "Development of Coding Assessment and Training Solutions demonstrates AHIMA's commitment to improving healthcare by advancing data quality and compliance with payment regulations."

3M Learning provides clinical and coding content via the Internet to coding professionals, compliance officers and clinicians allowing them to learn at their own pace and convenience. 3M Learning offers a wide range of courses covering topics such as coding compliance, ICD-9 coding for inpatient inpatient /in·pa·tient/ (in´pa-shent) a patient who comes to a hospital or other health care facility for diagnosis or treatment that requires an overnight stay.

 and ambulatory care ambulatory care
Medical care provided to outpatients.

ambulatory care,
n the health services provided on an outpatient basis to those who can visit a health care facility and return home the same day.
, CPT-4 coding for ambulatory care and physician practice, and comprehensive training in Ambulatory Movable; revocable; subject to change; capable of alteration.

An ambulatory court was the former name of the Court of King's Bench in England. It would convene wherever the king who presided over it could be found, moving its location as the king moved.
 Payment Classifications. The 3M Learning curriculum has been granted prior approval for continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
continuing education
 or adult education

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904).
 credits from AHIMA.

AHIMA is the leading professional association representing more than 40,000 certified health information management professionals who work throughout the health care industry. HIM professionals serve the health care industry and the public by managing, analyzing and utilizing data vital for health system management. For additional information about the association, visit or contact the association at (312) 233-1100.

3M Health Information Systems is an international leader in clinical information management, with products ranging from medical records coding systems Noun 1. coding system - a system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages
code - a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy
 to a comprehensive computer-based patient record computer-based patient record Electronic medical record Health informatics A 'personal health library' providing access to all resources on a Pt's health history and insurance information  system. Home Health Systems, consulting, implementation, training and process improvement services also are provided. 3M products are based on open architecture and industry standards; they interface with legacy systems and offer fast implementation and a timely return on investment. 3M Health Information Systems is a division of 3M, a diversified technology company with a health care business consisting of over 10,000 medical, surgical, consumer, home health care, dental and pharmaceutical products. More information about 3M Learning courses and 3M Health Information Systems is available on the Internet at,, or by calling 1-800-367-2447.

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