Health care reform study: streamline to save $170 million

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The latest analysis released by the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform shows that streamlining administrative procedures could save the state nearly $170 million.

The commission identified strategies for simplifying the administrative process:

  • require all health plans to issue ID cards that conform to nationally accepted standards
  • streamline the provider credentialing process
  • simplify eligibility and coverage verification
  • standardize prior authorization procedures
  • create standard approach to appeals for all carriers

Estimated savings for hospitals is $48.5 million and for doctors is $118.7 million, according to the Lewin Group.