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MediRegs and CCH Introduce New Health Care Coding Tools

Up-to-date, Efficient, Cost-effective Tools Help Achieve Fiscal Success

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., October 9, 2008) – MediRegs® and CCH today announced the availability of three new, comprehensive research solutions for health care professionals that will accelerate coding compliance and reimbursement practices across the revenue cycle: Coder’s Resource Center; Coding & Revenue Resource Center; and Audit & Revenue Resource Center. MediRegs and CCH are both part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a leading provider of specialized health care compliance and reimbursement research products and workflow tools.

“We’ve combined the ease of use of the MediRegs content platform and coding tools with the expert information from the CCH Medicare & Medicaid Guide to form the most robust coding, reimbursement, research and compliance web resources available,” said MediRegs General Manager Steven Lefar. “Whether a facility needs a simple coding tool, integrated medical necessity and claims processing support, Medicare-compliant reimbursement guidelines or critical audit analytical tools, these products provide the up-to-date, efficient, and cost-effective tools to help facilities achieve fiscal success.”

Comprehensive, Efficient Coding Tools

The Coders Resource Center is a quick, easy code lookup tool that serves as a coder’s one-stop reference for accurate and current HCPCS, CPT®, ICD-9-CM information. Useful for assessing medical necessity in scheduling and registration, the Coders Resource Center is easily mastered and immediately useful to coding professionals, staff members in medical offices and HIM professionals. Coder’s Resource Center facilitates correct coding through the integration of E-Codebooks with lookup tools, and thereby reduces the need and expense of traditional paper code book orders and database subscriptions.

The Coding & Revenue Resource Center is an advanced code lookup tool with integrated fee calculators. Designed to quickly calculate APC, RVU, and MS-DRG adjusted rates using up-to-date files, the Coding & Revenue Resource Center is intended for use by coding professionals, compliance and reimbursement analysts and insurance specialists. The Coding & Revenue Resource Center’s advanced code lookup enables users to search across multiple code sets by code description and key terms. Quick responses are provided to all queries for inpatient, outpatient and physician payment rates, appropriate code application, including local coverage determinations and critical coding guidance.

The Audit & Revenue Resource Center includes all the functions of the Coders Resource Center and Coding & Revenue Resource Center, as well as robust coding and regulatory archived information, including select State Medicaid Manuals. Combining the MediRegs advanced code lookup tool with the CCH Reimbursement Toolkit and ChargeMaster Comply content, the Audit & Revenue Resource Center is intended to meet the demanding requirements of revenue and chargemaster specialists, fraud specialists and in-denials management. The Audit & Revenue Resource Center not only facilitates complex code assignment, but also provides the necessary information to rebut inaccurate audits and manage denials. In addition, it includes eight calculators to analyze appropriate payments for OPPS, IPPS, SNF, LTCH, IPF, IRF and Physician Fee Schedule reimbursement methodologies.

All coding suites are internet based and provide users with the real-time updates necessary to ensure proper code assignment at the beginning of the process, minimizing claim denials and increasing bottom-line results.

"I would be lost without my Audit & Revenue Resource Center access,” said Sara Fleming, CPC, Springfield Service Corporation. “Whether I’m training a coder or researching a coding or compliance issue, I can quickly locate almost anything with this program. Since I started using this product, I would estimate that it has cut my research time by 80 percent. This is a cost-effective program that not only saves time by putting everything in one place, but also reduces frustration and improves training and accuracy. I would not work in this field without it."

For More Information

For more information on the Coder’s Resource Center; Coding & Revenue Resource Center; and Audit & Revenue Resource Center, visit www.mediregs.com or call 1-800-808-6800.

About Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research products and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals, as well as casebooks and study aids for law students. Its major product lines include Aspen Publishers, CCH, Kluwer Law International and Loislaw. Its markets include health care organizations, law firms, law schools, corporate counsel and professionals requiring legal and compliance information. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, Ill.

Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services globally for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal, and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2007) of €3.4 billion ($4.8 billion), maintains operations in over 33 countries across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific and employs approximately 19,500 people worldwide. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.wolterskluwer.com.

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