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One Million Healthcare Providers Now Use the CAQH Universal Provider Datasource
Date:4/18/2012

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CAQH® announced today that one million healthcare providers are now using the Universal Provider Datasource® (UPD®), demonstrating that the service is the trusted healthcare industry standard for self-reported provider data used to streamline critical processes including credentialing, member services, network directories, referrals and claims administration.

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"One million providers using the CAQH Universal Provider Datasource is evidence that the service is a valued industry resource that is streamlining the collection, maintenance and distribution of accurate provider data, cutting down on wasteful healthcare spending," said CAQH Executive Director Robin Thomashauer.

UPD enables physicians and other licensed healthcare professionals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to enter their professional and demographic information free-of-charge into a secure database and authorize which healthcare organizations access their information. Regular updates by providers keep the information complete and current.

CAQH estimates that today providers using UPD save approximately $135 million a year while decreasing duplicative paperwork and administrative burden across the healthcare system.

"Through UPD, physician practices have seen a tremendous decline in the volume of duplicative paperwork and the time required to manage these essential administrative tasks," said MGMA-ACMPE President and CEO Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE. "Ultimately, doctors and their patients benefit from improvements in productivity and efficiency afforded by UPD."

A 2012 survey of 1,745 providers conducted by KRC Research of Washington, D.C. found that a large majority of providers use UPD because it saves them time and money, eliminates paperwor
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