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Mitchell Medical and Jopari Solutions Team up to Offer eBilling Compliance Services to Automobile Property & Casualty Insurance Carriers to Meet New Minnesota Requirements
Date:2/4/2008

SAN DIEGO, and CONCORD, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mitchell Medical division of Mitchell International, Inc., which provides medical bill review, provider networks, workflow solutions, and decision support tools to over 60% of U.S. automotive insurance payers, and Jopari Solutions, Inc., the property and casualty industry's leading bill cycle automation technology provider, today announced Mitchell Medical will now include provider eBilling services as part of its suite of bill review and processing solutions. The Mitchell-Jopari solution will increase an insurers' ability to improve claims performance with compliant electronic transaction formats for eligibility requests, medical bill submissions, remittance advice and associated EFT payments.

Standardized eBill transactions are being increasingly mandated by state regulatory authorities. For example, the State of Minnesota Department of Health, as part of its recent Omnibus Health and Human Services funding bill, now requires that all providers and group purchasers exchange healthcare administrative transactions with insurance payers in standard electronic formats starting January 2009.

Mitchell Medical's medical eBill processing capabilities will allow auto insurers in states such as Minnesota to fully comply with the new rules. Minnesota's mandate is all inclusive, affecting anyone who bills for, or purchases health care services, and includes the medical component of automobile insurance. In a continuous effort to serve the evolving needs of insurers, Mitchell partnered with Jopari Solutions, an established leader in the Workers' Compensation eBilling space with a proven technology platform and significant clients from both the payer and provider communities.

Mitchell and Jopari are experienced partners able to combine claims process expertise to address the challenge of medical billing in the automotive claims process. Jopari already supplies the cutting edge technology behind Mitchell's AutoPay(TM) payment and remittance automation service. Customers of Mitchell's DecisionPoint(R) automated medical bill review processing will also benefit from the Jopari partnership as the companies have worked to ensure fast implementation and a smooth transition to the eBill solution.

According to Tom McCarthy, Executive Vice President of Mitchell International, "Mitchell's customers can depend on us to help them overcome the challenge of meeting ever-changing regulatory compliance dictates. We have committed substantial resources to ensure our eBilling offering addresses all the technology and business needs of automobile insurers. Partnering with Jopari to provide seamless technology integration gives Mitchell customers a complete, comprehensive electronic medical billing solution that painlessly integrates with their current medical billing systems."

To assure Mitchell provides "day one" compliance capabilities, Mitchell Medical and Jopari are participating with the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Minnesota Administrative Uniformity Committee (AUC), which is charged with developing the state's new health care transaction data sets and specific rules.

Jim Grim, Senior Vice President of Jopari Solutions commented, "We are very pleased to partner with Mitchell in this effort and to add to the depth and breadth of our already successful partnership. There is not a lot of time at this point -- Minnesota's eBilling rules go into effect in January 2009, and we urge insurance carriers to make compliance decisions early in 2008. Together, Mitchell and Jopari can help carriers comply in a tight timeline with the best eBilling solution available in the medical claims processing marketplace today."

About Mitchell Medical

The Mitchell Medical division within Mitchell International (http://www.mitchell.com) provides the Insurance P&C market with a variety of technology, database and service solutions with one goal in mind -- enable our clients to process their automotive medical claims in a timely, accurate and fair manner. Mitchell Medical has a 20 year track record of delivering high-quality products and services to auto insurance carriers, service providers and TPAs, allowing them to analyze and reprice first- and third-party provider and hospital bills. Mitchell Medical currently serves several of the top 5 automotive P&C companies and many of the top 20. Mitchell International is a leading provider of information, workflow, and performance management solutions to the automotive insurance claims industry, serving carriers, collision repair facilities, and other commercial participants in the physical damage and auto-related medical claims markets.

About Jopari Solutions, Inc.

Jopari Solutions, Inc. (http://www.jopari.com) supplies integrated eBill compliance and payment solutions to workers' compensation, auto, and health insurance industry Payers. Jopari significantly improves the technology Payers use to manage bills and disbursements, substantially reducing associated expenses. Jopari services enable insurance Payers to comply fully with regulatory requirements, including eBill and ePay jurisdictional initiatives, and HIPAA. Insurance and other industry Payers take advantage of JopariPay(TM) to permanently downsize processing and labor costs, increase operational competitiveness and realize immediate returns on investment. For more information, please call 800.903.7799.


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