HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATION SELECTS UPD AS PROVIDER DATA SOLUTION
Nationally Recognized Utility Chosen to Streamline Credentialing for Physicians and Allied Healthcare Professionals in Four States
CAQH® announced today that Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) has selected the Universal Provider Datasource® (UPD®) to streamline provider data collection. HCSC will use the UPD service to electronically gather provider data for credentialing and other uses, such as member directories.
HCSC is a Chicago-based health benefits company serving 12.4 million members. It is the fourth largest health insurer and the biggest customer-owned health insurer in the United States.
“HCSC puts a premium on the deployment of services that benefit the many stakeholders we touch every day of the year,” said Kayla Snowden, director, provider administration, HCSC. “A primary measure of our success is our ability to help lower administrative overhead and help bring down the rate of healthcare costs. What we like about UPD is that it addresses both of these priorities; it will help to streamline our administrative processes and simultaneously support our efforts to decrease operating costs.”
UPD is a recognized industry utility for provider data collection. Physicians requested the service be used to effectively manage their data required for health plans, hospitals, and other healthcare delivery organizations. Participating in UPD will help reduce operating overhead for HCSC, as well as providers and hospitals in contracting provider networks. UPD is relied upon by more than 830,000 physicians and allied healthcare professionals across the United States.
“We are delighted HCSC is using UPD because it is a valuable resource for our members,” said Dr. William Gilmer, president, Harris County Medical Society (HCMS). “Filling out the same information on form after form is administratively inefficient. UPD eliminates this unnecessary repetition, enabling physicians to minimize paperwork and focus on patients instead. HCMS is dedicated to advocating on behalf of its membership efficiencies that relieve physicians from administrative burdens.” HCMS, located in Houston, Texas, is the largest county medical society in the United States with approximately 11,000 physician and medical student members.
As the industry strives to manage cost pressures, operational changes that use best-in-class technologies help offset inefficient processes. The UPD system is playing an important role in this transformation and helping organizations meet national health information technology (HIT) priorities.
UPD complements the long-term perspective and collaborative approach applied by HCSC. The UPD solution simplifies healthcare administration, serves the interests of multiple stakeholders, and enables HCSC to advance the national HIT agenda in the markets it serves.