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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 (AHIMA) 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 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. 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 Linda L. Kloss, AHIMA's executive vice president and CEO, 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 and ambulatory care, CPT-4 coding for ambulatory care and physician practice, and comprehensive training in Ambulatory Payment Classifications. The 3M Learning curriculum has been granted prior approval for continuing education 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 www.ahima.org 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 to a comprehensive computer-based patient record 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 www.3Mlearning.com, www.3Mhis.com, or by calling 1-800-367-2447.

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