OptumInsight recently launched new capabilities for its Netwerkes electronic data interchange (EDI) service, creating a smart clearinghouse that will help hospitals and physician practices – and particularly those using Epic Practice Management Systems – increase billing accuracy and productivity, reduce administrative costs and ensure timely receipt of payments from health plans.
When physician practices or hospitals send medical claims to health plans, the Netwerkes service now automatically reviews and validates diagnosis and procedure codes, alerts users to potential errors and provides easy-to-use editing tools for correcting mistakes. Netwerkes also reviews claims and received payments to alert users to potential inconsistencies with the contractual terms negotiated with health plans.
OptumInsight and Epic have integrated the Netwerkes service with Epic Practice Management Systems claim administration and clinical information workflows, creating a unique set of advanced, productivity-enhancing capabilities for hospitals and physician practices that use Epic. For example, seamless communications between the two systems enables users to submit, track and manage eligibility checks, claims submissions and payments within Epic, rather than transfer files and toggle between separate applications. Additional features that build on the longstanding relationship between OptumInsight and Epic include:
"Netwerkes provides a ‘smart clearinghouse' from which physician practices, hospitals, labs, health plans, pharmacies and government agencies, can send and receive data, and helps to simplify and improve the accuracy of billions of health information transactions that occur across the health care system," said Tom Boehning, senior vice president at OptumInsight. "Further, integrating the Netwerkes clearinghouse more tightly with Epic, and embedding claims integrity services into the EDI workflow enable our clients to get optimal value from their investment in these systems."
Boehning said hospitals and physician practices that use Netwerkes in combination with Epic enjoy higher first-pass payment rates and increase payment accuracy because the system provides immediate notification of claims coding accuracy prior to submission to payers and automatically identifies contractual underpayments received from health plans.
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