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AMA launches online group for e-claims

The Paperless Practice Group is part of an effort to ensure that physicians get claims paid in a timely manner.

By — Posted Oct. 31, 2011

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The American Medical Association has launched an online group for practices, payers and others who want to share tips, questions and success stories related to getting claims processed and paid electronically.

The Paperless Practice Group was launched on Oct. 19 before the AMA's "Heal that Claim Month" in November, when the Association spotlights tools and help for doctors who want to go paperless and streamline their claims processes using electronic systems. The AMA says the community was "designed to encourage dialogue between physician practices, health insurers and intermediaries."

Current discussions include the use of electronic claim submission and status, electronic eligibility requests and electronic prior authorization requests.

Members of the community will be sent email notifications of comments and discussions they choose to follow. Paperless Practice Group members also can sign up for alerts on important practice management issues, unfair payer practices, payer policy updates and new practice management resources and tools.

The AMA has estimated that up to 14% of a doctor's earned revenue is eaten up by the administrative costs of ensuring payment. Each November, the AMA dedicates resources to helping physicians transition to electronic claims processes to help reduce administrative burdens.

To join the Paperless Practice Group, visit the website to sign up. Existing AMA log-in accounts can be used to enter the group, or a new log-in can be created. Those wishing to join the site don't need to be AMA members, but they must get approval from the site's moderators before participating.

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External links

AMA's Health the Claims Process (link)

Sign-up for the AMA's Paperless Practice Group (link)

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