Payers briefs

By Patty Enrado
12:00 AM

Kaiser Hawaii readies to go paperless
Kaiser Permanente expects its outpatient clinics in Hawaii will save the HMO $10 million by switching to electronic medical records.

The new system, which slated for launch this month, will cost $73 million to implement and about $74 million to maintain it over 10 save $10 million a year on its $3 billion switch to paperless records begins next month at its Hawaii outpatient clinics.

The system will integrate medical records, data and administrative functions within its hospital and 16 clinics statewide and create a single, central database and billing system.

By 2006, Hawaii patients' records will connect with Kaiser operations nationwide.

Hawaii Pacific Health also is launching an electronic records program this year with a five-year $35 million computer systems upgrade

Bloodhound, ASI form partnership
Bloodhound, Inc. and Acclamation Systems Inc. are combining some of their technical services and applications for medical claims processing.

The two companies have also established co-marketing programs to ensure that customers have the latest knowledge to help prevent overpayment of claims while meeting the regulatory and contractual obligations for rapid payment to providers.

ASI, which provides automated benefit management systems, has created a technical interface to transfer claims information into Bloodhound operations for immediate processing. Claims are analyzed and edited for accuracy and re-submitted to ASI's LuminX system.The client benefits by knowing that each claim has been adjudicated against 14 million editing rules.

Health Trio, Availity target Florida market
HealthTrio, a provider of e-health and core business solutions for the managed care industry, and Availity, L.L.C., a provider of e-health transaction services will co-market their applications to enhance online service capabilities for health plans

The partnership will combine Availity's provider transaction capabilities with HealthTrio's clinical extensions to support provider electronic health records, disease management and medication management.

Together, HealthTrio, based in Nashville, Tenn., and Jacksonville, Fla.-based Availity will target health plans in Florida with a comprehensive Web portal solution.

Availity currently supports more than 9,500 physician offices and all 208 hospitals in Florida.

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