Just this week we noted the increasing focus being put on health IT as a path to greater practice efficiency as well as to more effective patient care.
And as if on cue, the Arizona Regional Extension Center recently added its first non-EHR vendor to its three-tiered Vendor Alliance Program.
The reason? Well, according to Navicure, the web-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices that was selected, the company was added after demonstrating how its technology solutions can help the REC's members improve financial outcomes. The clearinghouse vendor has demonstrated considerable success with practices in Arizona and currently serves more than 1,000 providers in the state.
As Travis Shank, manager of technical assistance and vendor relations at Arizona Health-e Connection, put it, "After reviewing Navicure's capabilities and the results they have helped other practices achieve, we are confident they can help our members improve their revenue cycles and streamline the claims management process.”
In addition to its core mission of guiding providers to EHR vendors that will help them achieve Meaningful Use, the REC recently extended its program to include guidance about non-EHR vendors that could provide practices with technology solutions in areas such as: HIPAA privacy and security; IT managed services, hardware, network infrastructure, EHR interfacing and interoperability services; lab interfacing; and EHR financing.
Navicure's products automate account receivables processes, including primary and secondary claims reimbursement; patient eligibility verification; rejected and denied claims management, including appeals; electronic remittance and posting; claims and remittance reporting and analysis; and patient statement processing.
Jeff Rowe blogs regularly at EHRWatch.com.