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Obama administration announces new rules to simplify administrative rules for doctors and hospitals

Posted on August 7, 2012 | No Comments

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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today the release of a new rule for doctors, hospitals, and health plans. According to the HHS press release, in combination with a previously issued regulation, the rule will save up to $9 billion over the next ten years. The regulation finalizes rules for making health care claim payments electronically and describing adjustments to claim payments.

The press release noted that studies have found that the average physician spends three weeks a year on billing and insurance related tasks, and, in a physician’s office, two-thirds of a full-time employee per physician is necessary to conduct these tasks. By receiving payments electronically and automating the posting of the payments, a physician practice and hospital’s administrative time and costs can be decreased.

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