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Whitepaper Shines Light on Administrative Waste: Offers Practical Steps for Cutting Healthcare Costs through Existing Infrastructure, Collaboration
Date:4/6/2009

CHICAGO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. economy transmits over 18 billion electronic payments each year, yet approximately half of all healthcare financial transactions are still paper-based. Costs of paper, printing, postage and labor for manual processes in healthcare are estimated to add up to nearly $30 billion a year in waste(1). As healthcare reforms are considered in Washington and in all 50 states, administrative savings represent a bright spot -- low-hanging fruit -- that could help pay for longer-term reforms.

To help inform this dialogue, Emdeon, in cooperation with the Center for Health Transformation, today unveiled an important whitepaper at the HIMSS 2009 Annual Conference. The whitepaper, "Taking the Paper Out of Paperwork: How Electronic Administration Can Save The U.S. Health System Billions," looks at the gaps in the industry that keep it dependent on manual processing - and offers practical steps for breaking this costly and inefficient cycle.

"In these trying economic times, combined with the specter of unsustainable spending, Medicare insolvency and runaway growth in Medicaid, we must find those IT solutions that can not only save lives but can also lower costs," said Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation. For more of the Speaker's message, view the video foreword to the whitepaper.

The whitepaper provides a step-by-step roadmap for both payers and providers and highlights best practices th
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