Nuance Acquires J.A. Thomas in Strategy to Revolutionize Clinical Documentation for Transition to ICD-10

Physician-Centered CDI Programs Integrated with Nuance’s Enhanced Clinical Language Understanding Platform Drive Better Documentation, Coding, Reimbursement and Care

Nuance Communications, Inc.

– (NASDAQ: NUAN) announced that it has acquired J.A. Thomas and Associates (JATA), the nation’s premier provider of physician-oriented, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs for the healthcare industry.

JATA helped establish the CDI industry and for more than two decades has provided technology and professional services that improve clinical documentation for healthcare providers. Its managed, end-to-end CDI solution has helped more than 500 hospitals improve patient care documentation by starting the CDI process with the physician at the point of care, resulting in more accurate and complete clinical documentation.

With JATA integrated into a single platform for end-to-end clinical documentation, the combined Nuance Healthcare solution is creating a revolutionary process for hospitals to efficiently transition to ICD-10 through the creation of more clinically accurate documentation. Nuance will deliver this capability by integrating the CDI strategies from JATA into Nuance’s Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) technology. Nuance CLU, enhanced with JATA CDI strategies, will power both Dragon Medical 360 physician solutions and HIM computer-assisted coding (CAC) and CDI solutions, creating a bridge between the clinically accurate patient record and the ICD-10 coded information.

“By integrating the clinical documentation improvement process into the physician workflow and leveraging CLU enhanced with JATA strategies, physicians can create the most accurate clinical documentation at the point of care,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare. “Together, we will help organizations improve efficiency, achieve the highest levels of clinical accuracy and appropriate reimbursement for the care provided so caregivers can focus on what’s most important, taking care of patients.”

Highlights of the transaction include:

“The J.A. Thomas and Quantim transactions build upon the strength of our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 performance and will be accretive in our fiscal year 2013,” said Paul Ricci, chairman and CEO of Nuance. “In combination, these acquisitions leverage our natural language understanding technology investment in a new growth market.”

Nuance plans to quickly deliver these solutions to support a more efficient transition to ICD-10 and deliver better financial results for customers. For more information about this announcement and the benefits it will bring to healthcare provider organizations, please visit .

Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in providing clinical understanding solutions that accurately capture and transform the patient story into meaningful, actionable information. Thousands of hospitals, providers and payers worldwide trust Nuance voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to facilitate smarter, more efficient decisions across the healthcare enterprise.

Since 1991, J.A. Thomas & Associates has become the nationally recognized leader in healthcare compliance and documentation improvement. Our innovative Compliant Documentation Management Program® has helped hospitals and physicians nationwide improve CMI by an average of four to eight percent. The firm was founded by clinical professionals who brought together clinical and business insights from doctors, nurses, coders and administrators. The result is a program that blends clinical expertise with compliance to ensure the accuracy of clinical documentation reflecting the appropriate severity of illness. For more information, please visit 

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit .

Statements in this press release regarding the expected benefits to Nuance and its customers of the J.A. Thomas acquisition, anticipated future combined operations, products and services, and any other statements regarding future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “will,” “expected,” and other similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the transaction is subject to closing conditions that if not met or waived would cause the transaction not to close; the ability of Nuance to successfully integrate J.A. Thomas’s operations, product offerings and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; the failure to retain customers and/or key employees; and the other factors described in Nuance's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Nuance disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.


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