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Insurers paying doctors faster, despite inefficiency

Boston Globe, May 26, 2010

U.S. health insurers are paying doctors seven days faster, on average, and denying 12%-18% fewer claims than last year, but the claims reimbursement system remains saddled with inefficiency, according to a new ranking of payers. While most private insurers have made progress in using technology to accelerate medical claims processing, state-run Medicaid programs across the country continue to lag, the report shows, even as the states prepare to add tens of millions of newly insured individuals to their rolls under the national healthcare law, the Boston Globe reports.