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ESTABLISHED PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATIVE TO REDUCE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS MEETS CLINTON'S OBJECTIVES FOR HEALTHCARE REFORM

 SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Reducing the administrative costs of healthcare through implementation and utilization of electronic data interchange (EDI), a primary objective of the Clinton healthcare reform package outlined today, has long been the focus of the National Electronic Information Corporation (NEIC), the nation's leading consortium of payors and providers that is rebuilding its efforts to promote industrywide acceptance of EDI.
 "Clinton's plan for lowering the administrative costs of healthcare is consistent with the established tenets of NEIC: to streamline our healthcare system by eliminating paperwork and telephone calls and moving to an electronic way of doing business," said Kenneth J. O'Donnell, president and CEO of NEIC. "We are doing our part to create an efficient healthcare environment where rapid, accurate communications between providers and payors will ultimately result in better care for less money."
 Established in 1981, NEIC electronic claim volume has grown from less than 50,000 claims annually to more than 35 million claims projected for 1993.
 "NEIC expects to process over 1 billion electronic transactions over the next three years, especially with the activation of the NEIC Healthcare Information Network(SM) (HCIN), the country's first multi- payor, on-line interactive healthcare information network," forecasts O'Donnell. "Today, providers can electronically communicate with a multitude of payors in seconds -- revolutionizing healthcare communications and simplifying the healthcare information process for millions of Americans."
 The HCIN "electronic highway" enables providers to instantly verify patient eligibility and benefit coverage, out-of-pocket expenses and coverage exceptions for people insured under managed care and indemnity programs offered by multiple payors. Future plans for additional capabilities include authorizations, referrals, claim status inquiries, clinical information and others.
 "New payors and thousands of providers nationwide are joining the network everyday," adds O'Donnell. "NEIC is poised to grow into the 21st century and meet the challenges of healthcare reform."
 More than 130,000 providers currently submit claims and other associated transactions through NEIC and its network of 500 vendors to member payors including managed healthcare entities. Taken together, these payors provide healthcare coverage to over 110 million Americans.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS : Mr. O'Donnell is available for comment on the healthcare reform package including the role of information systems companies and the growth of trading partner networks./
 /CONTACT: Geoff Cook, 201-342-9111 for NEIC/


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