NU Online News Service, Aug. 13, 2:25 p.m. – MedUnite Inc., San Diego, a health data communications consortium, says it plans to unveil an Internet-based claims submission network later this summer.
The consortium says it has also named a 10-member physician practice advisory board to help it persuade doctors to file more claims electronically.
Seven large insurers organized MedUnite in March 2000, to compete with an independent dot-com startup, WebMD Corp., Elmwood Park, N.J., and ward off federal interference by proving that private companies and organizations can set up a widely accepted health claims system on their own.
Consumer groups and federal officials say continuing dependence on paper claims forms adds billions of dollars to U.S. health care costs each year.
“Our biggest competitor in this market is the expensive, time-consuming
paper, phone and fax system by which most physician offices still
must process transactions today,” according to Dr. Glenn Woodworth, MedUnite’s chief medical officer.