Thursday, October 30, 2008

SmartCards for Digital HealthCare

SmartCards for Digital HealthCare: "The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) will push the health insurance industry to standardize patient identification cards with magnetic stripes, bar codes, or embedded chips and has commissioned a study to quantify the potential savings for payers and providers alike.

MGMA wants to go after the perceived low-hanging fruit of administrative waste, specifically in standardizing physician credentialing and patient eligibility and benefits verification. The organization will study the cost to medical practices of making copies of patient insurance cards, manual entry of data—and related transcription errors—telephone calls to check benefits, and delayed collection of co-payments from not having accurate information at the time of service."

This makes so much sense ! We all carry over 2-10 types of credit cards already, to manage our money ! Why not a card to manage our health ?

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