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Data gone missing:

Medical informatics researcher John Morgan was in the process of analyzing medical data for University of Utah, but realized that much of the medical data at the time was fragmented, incomplete, or missing altogether.

Understanding the problem:

Morgan found that there was no uniformity in the application of coding guidelines by hospitals in the coding of diagnoses and procedures, leading to wildly different and, in some cases, incomplete medical coding.

Addressing the issue:

In 1981 Morgan introduced a digital coding solution that used a series of questions, to guide the coder to more accurate, consistent, and complete records.

The logic tree:

By digitally mapping out uniform paths of logic for the coder to determine accurate codes, Morgan not only found a solution to fuel his research, he created a seismic shift in the way medical coding was performed.

Codefinder:

Not to be confused with an encoder, Morgan’s software filled holes in logic that coding books of the past had not addressed, including the focus on procedural codes, intuitive auto-suggestions and code-based diagnoses.

3M™ Coding and Reimbursement System (CRS):

Now part of the most widely used coding system in the healthcare industry, the logic tree approach to medical coding is the foundation of 3M Health Information Systems and used thousands of health organizations.

The evolution of CRS:

After more than 35 years of experience and the mentality to always innovate, CRS continues to lead medical coding and reimbursement through regular updates to address the latest compliance standards and industry shifts.

Always innovating:

We’ve set our sights on the next iteration of CRS with 3M™ Coding and Reimbursement System Plus (CRS+), which adds the next generation of coding abilities, including custom edit builds, code prioritization and automated facility values.

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  • Data gone missing

    Data gone missing

    During the mid-1970s, medical informatics researcher and doctoral candidate John Morgan was analyzing medical data for the University of Utah, but realized that much of the medical data was fragmented, incomplete or missing altogether.

  • Understanding the problem

    Understanding the problem

    Understanding the problem Morgan also discovered there was no uniform way for hospitals to code procedures, leading to wildly different and often incomplete medical record coding.

  • Addressing the issues

    Addressing the issue

    In 1982, Morgan introduced a digital coding solution that prompted coders with a series of questions designed to lead them to creating more accurate and complete records. His set of logic trees were based on the way the human brain thinks, rather than on the random codes specified in books. The result: more precise coding and more accurate reimbursement for hospitals.

  • The logic tree

    The logic tree

    By digitally mapping out uniform logic paths for the coder to follow Morgan not only found a solution to fuel his research, he also created a seismic shift in the way medical coding was performed.

  • CodeFinder

    3M™ Codefinder™ Software

    The software Morgan helped to develop filled holes in logic that coding books had not addressed, including the focus on procedural codes, intuitive auto-suggestions and code-based diagnoses.

  • 3M™ Coding and Reimbursement System (CRS)

    3M™ Coding and Reimbursement System (CRS)

    Now part of the most widely used coding system in the healthcare industry, Morgan’s human-centric logic tree approach to medical coding is the foundation of 3M Health Information Systems, an industry leader helping thousands of healthcare systems become more accurate, efficient and compliant.

  • Evolution of CRS

    The evolution of CRS

    3M Health Information Systems continues to lead the industry with medical coding and reimbursement solutions that are regularly updated to address the latest compliance standards and industry shifts.

  • Always innovating

    Always innovating

    We’ve set our sights on the next generation of coding technology with the 3M Coding and Reimbursement System Plus (CRS+).


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