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NDC HEALTHCARE CLAIMS TOP 1.25 MILLION IN SINGLE DAY Real-Time Electronic Claims Now Averaging One Million Daily

 ATLANTA, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Just two months after setting a new record for healthcare claims processed in a single day -- one million -- National Data Corporation (NASDAQ: NDTA) last week beat that record by over 25 percent.
 And what was a new high two months ago is now daily routine for the company. So far this month, NDC, the largest real-time processor of healthcare claims in the world, has averaged a million claims every workday.
 NDC began processing healthcare claims in real time in 1988. Volume has grown from 700,000 in that year to over 200 million in 1992. Anticipated volume for 1993 is more than 250 million -- one for every U.S. citizen.
 NDC's service verifies insurance coverage while the patient is in the waiting room or at the prescription counter, tells the healthcare provider if the insurance company will pay -- and how much -- and directs payment to appropriate parties. Pharmacy claims can be passed against an NDC database to not only check for adverse drug reactions, but to also monitor for appropriate dosage, and screen for age precautions and allergies.
 Estimates of savings realized by insurance carriers and healthcare providers range from $3 to $6 per claim.
 Most electronic claims today are pharmacy claims. And NDC is online to 80 percent of the nation's pharmacies to process those claims. The majority of other healthcare claims are still being processed manually. But with growing pressure from government and the insurance industry to reduce healthcare costs, physicians, dentists and other healthcare providers are beginning to automate also.
 Richard Cohan, senior vice president, NDC Healthcare Systems & Services, said, "NDC anticipates being a primary contributor to the Clinton administration's program for healthcare cost containment and enhanced coverage for all citizens."
 National Data Corp. is a leading provider of value-added systems and services for the containment of healthcare costs and delivery of quality healthcare services.
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