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October 2019

CAQH CORE is seeking participants for its survey on the exchange of medical documentation, also known as “attachments.” Since no federally mandated standard for sharing electronic attachments exists, the goal of the survey is to better understand how they are currently exchanged. The findings will help inform the development of operating rules to support a more standardized workflow.

In a recent Medium post, Rachel Goldstein, Senior Manager at CAQH CORE, takes a look at the history of prior authorization and how we can move forward.

October 2019

A standard electronic method for conducting at least a portion of the prior authorization process has been federally mandated since the early 2000s. However, nearly 20 years later, 88 percent of prior authorizations are still conducted either partially or entirely manually, using faxes and phone calls to request and provide clinical information. When managed this way, prior authorizations can take hours, days and even weeks — leaving patients in limbo.

With 13 percent of beneficiaries reporting that they have additional coverage, the coordination of benefits process for Medicaid plans can be complicated and costly.

October 2019

CAQH estimates that administrative inefficiencies associated with coordination of benefits cost the industry $800 million each year. At the Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) Annual Conference, Morgan Tackett, Senior Product Manager of COB Smart, and Laura Carraway, Senior Vice President of Cost Optimization-Program Integrity Coordination of Benefits at Anthem, shared recommendations for how to make this process more efficient and accurate.  

A coordinated approach to provider data management fosters data accuracy and adds efficiency to healthcare administration.

October 2019

Members expect their health plan to deliver reliable and accurate provider information so they can find the care they need. Yet maintaining up-to-date, high-quality provider directories is challenging. About half of all provider location listings have at least one inaccuracy, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Even as many dentists retire, a greater number of dental providers are continuing to enter the field.

October 2019

Today, more dentists are practicing each year as the U.S. dental industry is growing1. According to the Health Policy Institute (HPI), the number of practicing dentists is expected to increase between 2.6 and 4.5 percent between 2017 and 20372.

The increase in dentists is a positive change for consumers, who need a larger dental population to serve what the American Dental Association (ADA) has identified as a steady increase in demand for dental services. However, the rapid growth of this market also means an influx of dental provider data to manage.

September 2019

CAQH CORE and Health Level Seven International (HL7) have come together to accelerate automation and improve interoperability between healthcare administrative and clinical systems.

Though this is the first time that these organizations have collaborated on solutions specific to technical and administrative burdens, their complementary individual work has helped improve the electronic exchange of data across the healthcare industry.

September 2019

In response to a request for information (RFI) from HHS and CMS, CAQH CORE submitted comments on “Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork,” an initiative to focus the healthcare delivery system on patient-centered care, innovation and outcomes.

In the response, CAQH addressed:

September 2019

For health plans, coordinating benefits is challenging under the best of circumstances. Due to the complexity of payment systems, and a lack of data uniformity, interoperability and transparency, most plans rely on recovery vendors to identify third-party liability after claims are paid. It is a highly manual and inefficient system that results in overpayments going uncollected and significant increases in costs and labor efforts.

September 2019

This summer, CAQH spoke to members of the NCSL Insurance Task Force on initiatives to streamline the business of healthcare and improve provider data.

In August, CAQH Director of State Relations, Randi Chapman, addressed the task force at the NCSL summit, which was attended by legislators from across the country, AHIP, BCBSA, the American Dental Association and other industry groups.

Industry momentum increases as additional provider groups participate and a leading third party vendor integrates Groups-compatible rosters

July 2019

Webinar: Improving the Delegated Roster Process

Health plans and delegated provider groups are invited to an August 14 webinar to hear from industry peers who are using CAQH ProView for Groups to share delegated data. Presenters from a regional health plan and delegated group will explain how the solution is changing their approach to delegated data and best practices for implementing a similar process. Learn more or register here.