Pegasystems Delivers Cure for Healthcare Industry's $3.2 Billion Pain With New Claims Repair Solution
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 15, 2004 — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), a leading provider of smart, rules-based business process management (BPM) software, today extended its suite of industry-specific BPM applications for the healthcare industry. Continuing to execute on its promise to deliver an integrated front-to-back-office solution set, the company announced PegaHEALTH Claims Repair Version 4, designed to help healthcare payer organizations reduce operational costs by increasing first-pass claims resolution and helping to eliminate claims backlogs.
PegaHEALTH Claims Repair is the newest application in a broad suite of healthcare solutions from Pegasystems. In addition to packaged, best-practice applications to support and optimize claims processing, the company provides solutions that increase productivity and the quality of customer interactions across the enterprise, including both member and provider services. The company's software is installed in healthcare payer organizations covering nearly 35 million individuals, including over one-fifth of the nation's Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations. Pegasystems works with industry-leading companies, including CSC and IBM, to deliver these solutions to the healthcare market.
"Manual claims processing costs healthcare companies on the order of $3.2 billion each year, according to industry estimates," said Tom Congoran, vice president, Healthcare, for Pegasystems. "Every percentage point a company can shave from expenses is that much more in potential profit. PegaHEALTH Claims Repair has been designed to do precisely that — deliver an enterprise-wide impact from a nimble platform that changes quickly to accommodate market shifts."
For today's healthcare payer, ongoing industry change has made claims processing an expensive, complex, and resource-intensive process. The demands of emerging consumer-driven health plans, changing federal and state mandates, and increasingly complex risk-sharing agreements between payers and providers have all combined to push traditional claims-adjudication systems to their limits. PegaHEALTH Claims Repair helps maximize the value of existing payer systems, infusing them with greater intelligence by utilizing rules-based, "smart" BPM to help ensure that claims adjudication occurs automatically, consistently, and cost-effectively. By providing greater control over the claims process, PegaHEALTH Claims Repair enables payers to create innovative benefit designs that can help expand their product offerings and increase competitive advantage.
Automating the claims process from pre-adjudication through claims finalization, PegaHEALTH Claims Repair applies best-practice business rules to help check, correct, and translate common claims edits, such as member eligibility, timely filing, or duplicate claims. The application also enables the acceptance of the "837" claims format to assist with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards compliance.
Typically, back-end healthcare payer IT infrastructures are a combination of legacy systems — membership, medical management, claims, etc. — each with its own data format, making importing data into claims-processing systems both inefficient and expensive. As a result, most payers manually process 30–50% of all claims submitted. Through one-click integration forms, PegaHEALTH Claims Repair can easily integrate with core processing systems or other applications, without duplicating functionality, to extract the required data needed for claims resolution.
"With the inherent intelligence of IT systems, there's no reason for the level of manual claims processing that healthcare companies accept today," explained Pegasystems' Tom Congoran. "PegaHEALTH Claims Repair harnesses that intelligence at the right level — outside the hard-coded processes — to help companies handle most of their claims automatically and put the savings back on their bottom lines."
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BC&BSRI) executives will present a compelling profile of Pegasystems' healthcare solutions in action when they speak at leading industry forums this week and next. Attendees at Gartner's CRM Summit in Baltimore, March 15–17, and at the BCBSA Customer Contact Center Conference in Atlanta, March 21–24, will hear in detail about how BC&BSRI deployed its Pegasystems contact center solution in five short months, for less than $5 million.
Platforms, availability, and pricing
PegaHEALTH Claims Repair is available immediately through Pegasystems and its partners. It runs on Windows, AIX, and Solaris platforms; and the IBM DB2 and Oracle databases. Contact Pegasystems or an authorized partner for pricing information.
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