CAQH — a nonprofit health care administrative simplification group — has launched a new program.
The group’s new COB Smart registry is supposed to ease the problems doctors, hospitals, employer plan sponsors, plan administrators and insurers face when patients have multiple sources of health coverage.
In some cases, for example, a family with two working adults might get private coverage from two employer plans. In other cases, a family might have a combination of private coverage and Medicaid, private coverage and Medicare, or Medicaid and Medicare.
CAQH estimates identifying coverage conflicts and deciding which carrier pays for what services costs the U.S. health care system about $800 million a year.
Many insurers and insurance groups belong to CAQH, and the COB Smart registry already contains plan information for 100 million people, CAQH says.
Project managers are hoping the registry will reduce the time spent on filling out forms and verifying coverage details, CAQH says.