In its June issue out now, Physicians Practice magazine released the Physicians Practice PayerView Index, a first-of-its-kind ranking of the best and worst payers for physicians to work with. The report, which includes both national and regional rankings, was developed by Physicians Practice in partnership with athenahealth, Inc., a national
provider of web-based software and services to medical practices. The project created PayerView – – an index that ranks claim performance based on data from the fourth quarter of 2005 collected by athenahealth on more than 7,000 national and regional payers according to specific measures of administrative performance and medical policy complexity. The Physician Practice article details the methodology.
Interestingly, Humana came out on top followed closely by – Medicare. While many physicians may not love Medicare for it’s relatively low pay rates that they dictate (via a Congress that only gets religion when paying for healthcare for our citizen). But, Medicare tends to pay quickly and with little nonsense. At least when you’re dealing with a Medicare fiscal intermediary (the contracted company who actually cuts the checks) you can go over their head – the regional Medicare folks who work for CMS can be quite helpful in getting someone’s attention.
You can also head over to the AthenaHealth website and sign up to be updated as this product is developed and updated.