In 2014, all payers were federally mandated to support electronic funds transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA) in accordance with the requirements specified in the CAQH CORE Operating Rules. Though the mandate went into effect in January 2014, the industry has been slow to adopt the electronic alternative to paper checks. Many organizations send a high dollar volume through ERA/EFT, but it’s the low percentage of transactions sent through ERA/EFT that keeps print and mail costs high. The costs
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A previous post detailed the latest trends in healthcare payments impacting how providers do business and best practices for providers to meet those challenges. However, the latest trends in healthcare payments present unique challenges for payers, which they must adequately prepare for – or risk consumer dissatisfaction and lost revenue.
Data from the 2013 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report demonstrates that healthcare payments industry is evolving and outlines how payers can manage these changes. In particular, healthcare consumerism and provider
In 2014, all payers will be federally mandated to support electronic funds transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA) in accordance with the requirements specified in the CAQH CORE Operating Rules. Providers may be wondering how this mandate will affect payer payments and what you must do to be compliant.
Under the mandate, providers have no obligation to accept ERA/EFT from payers. However, the mandate enables providers to improve efficiency and reduce administrative costs. Read on to learn more about how
On January 1, 2014, all payers will be required to support electronic funds transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA). When evaluating how to achieve ERA/EFT, one of the first decisions a payer will need to make is to “build or buy” – whether to use internal resources to build ERA/EFT capability or to work with a third-party vendor.
Regardless of which model a payer follows to achieve ERA/EFT, there are several key considerations that need to be included in the
Recently, we posted a list of five things that payers can do now to prepare for upcoming reform mandates (click here to read the post). This post emphasizes the importance of collaborating with other organizations like clearinghouses, trading partners and vendors, in order to achieve compliance with the mandated CAQH CORE Operating Rules. These relationships are crucial regardless of the approach payers take to achieve compliance.
Below is an outline of the three main models payers can use to meet the
What Are Operating Rules?
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Operating Rules (developed by CAQH CORE) define the guidelines and standards for making electronic healthcare transactions more predictable and consistent, so the industry can be more efficient.
Upcoming mandated Operating Rules include:
Eligibility and Claim Status: Phases I and II
Deadline for payer compliance: January 1, 2013
Why providers should care:
With mandated standards for electronic eligibility transactions, it will be easier for providers to connect to payers to verify patient eligibility
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Don’t miss the latest webinar in the CAQH and InstaMed Webinar Series: Are You Prepared for Federally Mandated Operating Rules? Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Implementation
The deadlines for implementing federally mandated operating rules are fast approaching for payers, providers and vendors. Is your organization prepared?
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How payers, providers and vendors can
Last year, the majority of surveyed healthcare payers said that less than half of their provider networks did not accept ERA or EFT (read more: 2011 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report). Of the providers who did not accept ERA or EFT during the time of this survey, nearly half said the reason was that they simply preferred paper.
However, according to the HHS interim final rule on EFT standards, payers will need to adopt ERA/EFT by January 1, 2014; and,
In an earlier post, we discussed one of the major threats to the payer-provider relationship: the provider’s lack of payment assurance. This threat poses an opportunity to payers to give their provider networks the tools needed to achieve payment assurance. In our previous post, we gave tips for payers to deliver payment assurance to their providers. Below, we’ve included a graphic of the Payment Assurance Framework to demonstrate how payers can deliver payment assurance to providers in each step of the healthcare