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AMA Launches Campaign to Cut Waste From Chaotic Insurance Claims Process, Unveils New Health Insurer Report Card
Date:6/16/2008

Delayed and Inaccurate Insurance Payments Add Cost, Inefficiency to Health Care System

CHICAGO, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help reduce the substantial administrative burden of ensuring accurate insurance payments for physician services, the American Medical Association (AMA) today launched the Cure for Claims campaign to help heal the ailing system of processing medical claims with health insurers, and unveiled the first AMA National Health Insurer Report Card on claims processing.

"The goal of the AMA campaign is to hold health insurance companies accountable for making claims processing more cost-effective and transparent, and to educate and empower physicians so they are no longer at the mercy of a chaotic payment system that take countless hours away from patient care," said AMA Board Member William A. Dolan, M.D.

The inefficient and unpredictable system of processing medical claims adds unnecessary cost to the health care system, estimated as much as $210 billion annually, without creating value. Physicians divert substantial resources, as much as 14 percent of their total revenue, to ensure accurate insurance payments for their services.

"Eliminating the inefficiencies of the billing and collection process would produce significant savings that could be better used to enhance patient care and help reduce overall health care costs," said Dr. Dolan. "To diagnose the areas of greatest concern within the claims processing system, the AMA has developed its first online rating of health insurers."

The AMA's new National Health Insurer Report Card provides physicians and the public with an objective and reliable source of information on the timeliness, transparency and accuracy of claims processing by health insurance companies. Based on a random-sample pulled from more than 5 million electronically billed services, the report card provides an in-depth look at the claims processing performance of Medicare and seven
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