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NEIC AND MCI ANNOUNCE NEIC-MAIL AND NEIC-FAX MAIL FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

 NEIC AND MCI ANNOUNCE NEIC-MAIL AND NEIC-FAX MAIL
 FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
 ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- National Electronic Information Corporation (NEIC) and MCI Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: MCIC) announced today the availability of two new services designed to streamline communications between the nation's healthcare providers -- hospitals, physicians and dentists -- and healthcare payors such as carriers, managed care organizations and TPAs. The services, known as NEIC-Mail(SM) and NEIC-Fax-Mail(SM), are provided through customized applications of MCI Mail and MCI fax Broadcast.
 NEIC-Mail and NEIC-Fax-Mail are designed to further automate the process of electronic claims filing currently offered by NEIC by providing a mechanism for healthcare providers to respond to requests from insurance carriers for additional claim information either by electronic mail or facsimile. In addition, NEIC-Mail and NEIC-Fax-Mail allow healthcare professionals to receive information on the latest developments in health care electronic document interchange (EDI) and electronic claims processing.
 Under a new NEIC procedure to be introduced this year, healthcare providers receive a daily claims status exception report from NEIC. This report lists individually each claim that could not be processed by the participating healthcare payer without additional information about the claim. With NEIC-Mail and NEIC-Fax-Mail, the healthcare provider can use a standardized script to send the participating healthcare payor the corrected or requested information instantly, thereby streamlining the claims settlement process.
 Ken O'Donnell, CEO and president of NEIC, referring to the request for additional information messages said, "Now that hospitals, physicians and dentists can receive -- and respond to -- the payor's request for additional claim information electronically, many health claims that are now being submitted on paper will go electronically. We are confident that the response mechanisms provided via NEIC-Mail and NEIC-Fax-Mail will encourage healthcare providers to send more claims electronically. And this, in turn, will lower the healthcare costs for our nation by reducing the operating costs and time delays associated with paper-based claims processing. In light of the alarming escalation of healthcare costs that faces our nation, electronic claims processing will play a pivotal role in providing all Americans with adequate healthcare in the coming decade."
 This application, as well as permitting the retrieval of industry news and networking with other healthcare professionals, will be simplified through a customized front-end PC software program developed expressly for NEIC-Mail, called NEIC-Communique(TM). This software provides templates and automated addressing for responding to requests for additional information, and will be offered to the healthcare trading partner community along with NEIC-Mail.
 "NEIC-Mail and NEIC-Fax-Mail are part of the MCI Mail Trading Partner Program, which offers customers marketing expertise to reach their target messaging community with information on the advantages of electronic communications," said Seth Blumenfeld, president of MCI International, a subsidiary of MCI Communications Corporation. "By teaming with NEIC to offer these vital services, health claims processing will ultimately become more efficient, and result in lower administrative costs of our nation's health care delivery and payment systems."
 NEIC and its participating payors and vendors, as well as MCI, will be involved in distributing NEIC-Mail and NEIC-Fax-Mail to the healthcare community.
 Headquartered in Secaucus, N.J., NEIC's network includes 2,500 hospitals, 67,000 physicians, and 4,600 dentists, who submit claims through NEIC to more than 60 carrier organizations, including managed care entities and TPAs.
 MCI offers a full range of domestic and international communication services. International services include worldwide direct dialing, telex, facsimile, electronic mail, private voice and data networks and television transmission. MCI offices in over 50 countries and places worldwide are positioned to provide and support the full range of global telecommunications services.
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 /CONTACT: Laura Carabello of CPR, 201-342-9111, or Jane Levene of MCI, 914-934-6480/
 (MCIC) CO: MCI Telecommunications Corp.; National Electronic Information Corp. ST: New York, New Jersey IN: TLS SU: PDT


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