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Uniform Claims Review Process Study Meeting - July 31, 2009

NOTE: This meeting will be dedicated to a discussion related to the study charge regarding potential impacts of uniform pricing.
9-11 a.m.
Bigfork Room
Snelling Office Park, Minnesota Department of Health
1645 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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At the July 31 meeting the work group will review the June 29 meeting notes and continue to refine and expand on the uniform pricing concept and its potential impacts. For example, it was noted at the June 29 meeting that a potential impact of uniform pricing might be to increase health care costs, if payments to providers no longer reflected discounts negotiated with payers, and if additional investments were needed for new administrative processes or tools to implement uniform pricing. 

June 29 Meeting Notes (PDF: 50KB/6 pages)

Additional discussion of these points will be sought, as well as discussion about whether uniform pricing also requires some form of accountability for the “total cost of care.” Please e-mail Amy Luitjens at MDH (amy.luitjens@state.mn.us) with other suggestions or questions for follow-up at the July 31 meeting.


Recent articles

These recent articles and studies regarding costs of health care billing and other insurance or administration-related activities may be of possible interest given the overall Uniform Claims Review Process study charge.

What Does It Cost Physician Practices To Interact With Health Insurance Plans?
Health Affairs, 28, no. 4 (2009): w533-w543 Published online 14 May 2009 doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.4.w533

Peering Into The Black Box: Billing And Insurance Activities In A Medical Group
Health Affairs, 28, no. 4 (2009): w544-w554 Published online 14 May 2009 doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.4.w544 © 2009 by Project HOPE

Health Care Cost Containment – How Technology Can Cut Red Tape and Simplify Health Care Administration (PDF)
UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization, Working Paper 2, June 2009

Taking the Paper out of Paperwork: How Electronic Administration Can Save the US Health System Billions (PDF)
Center for Health Care Transformation, 2009

 


 

 

Updated Tuesday, 30-Nov-2010 16:15:59 CST