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Pulse Systems Successfully Tests ICD-10 With Leading Clearinghouses

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WICHITA, Kan., March 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pulse Systems, Inc., an industry-leading provider of Electronic Health Record (EHR), Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management solutions, is pleased to announce it has successfully tested ICD-10 claims with multiple leading clearinghouses.

During the course of the past 30 days, Pulse successfully tested ICD-10 claims with Cahaba, CEDI – National Government Services, Emdeon, First Coast Service Options, National Government Services, Novitas, Palmetto GBA, and Wisconsin Physician Service Insurance Corporation. In the coming weeks, Pulse will test with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, and others.

Pulse participated in the CMS front-end ICD-10 code set testing, which took place from March 3 to March 7, 2014. This testing reviewed the electronic claim files to ensure that each 837 claim file was structured correctly for the new ICD-10 loops and segments. The testing process analyzed the ability of the software to generate a claim file with ICD-10 codes placed correctly in ANSI 5010 format. Pulse will also participate in CMS' end-to-end ICD-10 code set testing, which includes claim adjudication. This CMS ICD-10 testing is scheduled to take place in July 2014.

ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition) is a medical classification list that will affect documentation and coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). While there are many similarities between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, most prominent among the differences is ICD-10's overall greater specificity, which requires more detail in clinical documentation to support code selection. There are currently 14,000 ICD-9 codes, whereas there are approximately 69,000 ICD-10 codes.

Pulse's Practice Management Solution, PulsePro, and Pulse's 2014 Certified Complete EHR, version 4.2, is a solution platform to help physician practices document and attest for Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2, while migrating from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Pulse's ICD-10 infrastructure is in place with the Pulse Knowledge Engine, and the company anticipates that all systems will be compliant the quarter prior to CMS' published implementation deadline, which is October 1, 2014.

"The team at Pulse has worked diligently, and continues to do so, to ensure that physician practices are prepared and experience the smoothest possible transition to ICD-10," said Chris Gregg, Chief Technology Officer for Pulse Systems. "By supporting providers through this migration, educating them on the new documentation and coding requirements, and giving them better data, we will meet our goal of enabling our clients to provide better patient care."

Pulse offers a number of educational tools to support clients in their transition to ICD-10, including abundant information on Pulse's website, webinars, the Pulse Academy for Client Education (PACE), email updates, personal consultations and other services.

For more information about Pulse Systems, please visit www.pulseinc.com.

About Pulse Systems, Inc:

Pulse provides certified, integrated electronic healthcare management systems to thousands of providers across more than 40 specialties nationwide. Pulse's award-winning, interoperable technology platform includes easy-to-use, cost-efficient EHR, Practice Management, e-prescribing and Revenue Cycle Management solutions. Pulse is committed to helping our physician partners gain greater work flow efficiencies, reduce costs and achieve Meaningful Use incentives; all supported by our best-in-class client support, training and implementation services.

Pulse is part of the Cegedim Healthcare Software division, owned and operated by Cegedim, a global healthcare technology company. To learn more or to request a demonstration of Pulse's solutions, please visit us at www.pulseinc.com or call 1.800.444.0882, option 3.

About Cegedim:

Founded in 1969, Cegedim is a global technology and services company specializing in the healthcare field. Cegedim supplies services, technological tools, specialized software, data flow management services and databases. Its offerings are targeted notably at healthcare industries, life sciences companies, healthcare professionals and insurance companies. The world leader in life sciences CRM, Cegedim is also one of the leading suppliers of strategic healthcare industry data. Cegedim employs 8,000 people in more than 80 countries and generated revenue of €902 million in 2013. Cegedim SA is listed in Paris (EURONEXT:CGM).

To learn more, please visit: www.cegedim.com.

CONTACT: Samuel S. Ambrose Pulse Systems, Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Tel.: 800.444.0882 x1240 Aude Balleydier Cegedim Media Relations Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 09 68 81

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