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Growth of CAQH Membership Reflects Importance of Administrative Simplification

Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA -

As part of its ongoing efforts to simplify healthcare administration, CIGNA has joined CAQH® as a member company and will also participate on the CAQH Board of Directors, the organizations said today. CIGNA is among a growing list of industry organizations that contribute their expertise to the development and adoption of new ways to make healthcare administration more efficient. CAQH members now provide healthcare coverage for an estimated 156 million insured lives.

UNIVERSAL PROVIDER DATASOURCE ESTABLISHES BENCHMARK FOR PROVIDER SELF-REPORTED DATA QUALITY

Continuous Improvement Will Increase Accuracy of Healthcare Utility to 97% or More

WASHINGTON, DC -

CAQH® released the results of a landmark study to assess the quality and accuracy of data reported by providers about their professional credentials and practice information at its 2010 Administrative Simplification Conference. The study was conducted based on a thorough review of 108 data points that providers self-report to the Universal Provider Datasource® (UPD®), which electronically gathers provider data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for credentialing and other uses, such as member directories.

CAQH BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS DAVID WICHMANN
OF UNITEDHEALTH GROUP AS NEW CHAIRMAN

WASHINGTON, DC -

CAQH® announced today that its board of directors has elected David S. Wichmann, executive vice president, UnitedHealth Group and president, UnitedHealth Group Operations, to serve as the new board chair.

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

WASHINGTON, DC -

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.

BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF TENNESSEE ACHIEVES CAQH CORE PHASE II CERTIFICATION

Increased Adoption of Administrative Data Exchange and Interoperability Rules Enhance Service for 3 Million Members

WASHINGTON, DC -

CAQH® announced today that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) has achieved certification for its implementation of the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange® (CORE®) Phase II rules. The certification will benefit more than 3 million insured members of the Tennessee health plan.

CIGNA ACHIEVES CORE PHASE I CERTIFICATION

Nearly 600,000 Providers Nationwide Can Access Streamlined Eligibility and Benefits Data From One of the Nation’s Largest Plans

WASHINGTON, DC -

 CAQH® announced today that CIGNA has earned certification for electronically exchanging administrative data, for more than 11 million medical customers, using the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange® (CORE®) Phase I operating rules. The CORE rules are improving the flow and data content of administrative exchanges between providers and health plans.

20 HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS SET TO ACHIEVE CAQH CORE PHASE II RULES CERTIFICATION

Increased Adoption of Enhanced Administrative Data Exchange and Interoperability Rules Expected to Generate Continuous Stepwise Savings

WASHINGTON, DC -

CAQH® announced today that twenty health plans, clearinghouses, providers and health information technology vendors have achieved or will certify their implementation of the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange® (CORE) Phase II rules. Recently, six organizations joined CORE as participants, three others have endorsed and another four achieved Phase I certification.

NEW YORK STATE ADOPTS UNIVERSAL PROVIDER DATASOURCE TO REDUCE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS FOR MEDICAID

America’s Second Largest Medicaid System Streamlines Provider Data Collection and Enrollment

WASHINGTON, DC -

CAQH®, announced today that the New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs (New York Medicaid) has chosen the Universal Provider Datasource® (UPD) to electronically collect standardized provider data for participants in the state Medicaid program. The second largest program of its kind in the United States, New York Medicaid covers approximately 4.3 million residents.

CAQH AND VERISIGN PILOT INDUSTRY SOLUTION FOR SECURE DATA EXCHANGE

Health Plans and Providers to Evolve Electronic Transactions Authentication

Washington, D.C. and Mountain View, Calif. -

CAQH®, a non-profit alliance of health plans and trade associations working to simplify healthcare administration, is joining with VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) to conduct a pilot program demonstrating the secure authentication that is essential to the national agenda for health IT interoperability.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD CENTRALIZED CREDENTIALING PROGRAM WINS EXCALIBUR AWARD

ALPHARETTA, GA -

The Army National Guard’s centralized credentialing program was awarded the prestigious Surgeon General’s Excalibur Award at the Military Health System Conference held last week in Washington, DC.