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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

at are delivering tangible results today. This pragmatic approach leverages technology and infrastructure that already exist - and provides a vision for a new kind of industry collaboration.

"It's not about infrastructure," says George Lazenby, chief executive officer of Emdeon. "The infrastructure is there, and the technology exists. All the constituents are looking for ways to optimize their business processes."

Among the barriers cited are lack of integration, lack of complete standards, competing priorities between stakeholders and a perceived lack of value to healthcare providers.

"We see higher adoption of electronic healthcare transactions when they meet the needs of both providers and payers," said Lazenby. "It's about making the information available at the point where decisions need to be made."

Recommendations outlined in the whitepaper include:

For Payers

  • Develop and pilot reimbursement programs that reward quality healthcare practice and results, including electronic information exchange.
  • Ensure all future information technology development is done according to industry standards.
  • Collaborate around multi-payer functionality, understanding that providers want a single resource for interacting with health plans.

For Providers

  • Keep abreast of federal funding opportunities for health information technology.
  • Include process re-engineering for an electronic end-to-end eligibility, claims and payment process in electronic medical record (EMR) implementation strategies.
  • Work with medical societies and specialty groups to advance national standardization goals.


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