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BLUES ENCOURAGE PHYSICIANS TO SUBMIT CLAIMS ELECTRONICALLY

 DETROIT, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has sent letters to its more than 14,000 participating physicians and to medical billers in the state urging them to increase the number of health care claims they submit electronically.
 "Washington wants to lower administrative costs by switching from paper claims, which are expensive to process, to electronic claims, which are cheaper," said Richard E. Whitmer, Blues president, in a message in major dailies that the Blues are prepared for national health care reform.
 "Sixty percent of our claims are already electronic, and we're encouraging more physicians to switch from paper claims every day," Whitmer said.
 Electronic claims can be processed faster than paper claims. Both types of claims are being processed during the strike.
 "Doctors can electronically submit all services, including claims for office visits and injections, by tape, disk or over computer lines," said William Smith, Blues vice president, information system plan.
 The Michigan Blues are the national leaders in the number of Medicare electronic claims processed from physicians. The company processed more than 98 million regular business and Medicare claims in 1992.
 The number of health care providers submitting claims electronically has grown substantially over the last few years. Improved technology and faster turnaround time were cited by Smith as reasons that health care providers have switched to electronic billing.
 Providers can submit up to 500 electronic claims in 90 seconds to the Blues.
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 /CONTACT: Rude Difazio, 313-225-8113, or Helen Stojic, 313-225-7975, both of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan/


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