The healthcare industry can save billions of dollars a year without government oversight or financial inducement just by doing what other industries already do to cut costs, according to a report by the Healthcare Administrative Simplification Coalition.
The 26-page report, Bringing Better Value: Recommendations to Address the Costs and Causes of Administrative Complexity in the Nation’s Healthcare System, is based on a summit meeting of multiple healthcare industry organizations held last November in Washington, but the report was not ready for publication until its release last week, according to William Jessee, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, which is one of the founders of the coalition.
“With an organization that has the kind of diversity we have, it took a lot of drafts and back-and-forth conference calls,” Jessee said.
The report also was short on calls for getting the government involved in mandating the recommended changes. This was partly because of an effort to achieve consensus among coalition members, Jessee said.
One of two exceptions to that general rule involved a call for the CMS to develop a link for the communication of provider-credentialing information between the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System and the Universal Provider Datasource, a computerized credentialing tool developed by the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, or CAQH.