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HEALTH COMMUNICATION SERVICES CHOSEN TO CREATE NATIONAL MODEL FOR ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE IN HEALTHCARE

 HEALTH COMMUNICATION SERVICES CHOSEN TO CREATE NATIONAL MODEL
 FOR ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE IN HEALTHCARE
 RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- To achieve healthcare cost reduction in the United States, a U.S. Health and Human Services committee has selected Health Communication Services (HCS) to develop an industry-wide electronic data interchange model, the company announced today.
 The model, when emulated nationally, has the potential to save consumers in excess of $4 billion in administrative paperwork costs each year by reducing expensive manual processing.
 "HCS will prove the cost-effectiveness of electronically transferring funds from a payor directly to the bank of a healthcare provider," said John Romer, HCS senior vice president. "We will also demonstrate the automatic verification of a patient's eligibility for coverage and many other capabilities," he continued.
 A Richmond-based company, HCS is one of only two firms chosen by the committee to examine healthcare cost reduction through computerization.
 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Work Group on Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) ordered the study. The group, composed of the nation's leading healthcare executives, was assembled by Secretary Louis Sullivan.
 WEDI estimates that fewer than 10 percent of claims paid by commercial insurance carriers are processed electronically. "Providers who use our systems have experienced dramatic savings," Romer said. "In light of the flurry of Congressional bills targeting cost-control in healthcare, HCS will have an enormous impact when electronic transactions become the rule, not the exception."
 HCS's extensive electronic network is currently in use by more than 5,000 participating hospitals and doctors in six states.
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