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Experian Health brings Wave HDC’s AI claims technology to more hospitals

February 27, 2024 by Experian Health

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The relationship between hospitals and payers has often carried an undercurrent of tension. Stacks of paperwork, complex claims rules and manual adjustments are a recipe for disrupted cash flow and time-consuming rework. With profit margins hanging in the balance, providers need the reimbursement process to move forward without a hitch. To the relief of revenue cycle managers, recent developments in digital technology are paving the way for more effective claims management.

Case in point: Experian Health’s recent acquisition of Wave HDC, which brings together a suite of advanced patient registration solutions for faster and more accurate claims management at the front end of the process.

Shifting sands in the hospital-payer relationship could increase denials

For healthcare organizations, getting paid in full- and on-time hinges on seamless communications with payers. Any missteps can lead to revenue losses, with denied claims and delayed payments being the outcomes providers most want to avoid. Payers will automatically deny claims that have errors or missing information, while disputes and slow processing times can seriously hamper a hospital’s cash flow.

The sources of potential conflict have been pretty steady over time, stemming from complex billing processes, frequent changes to payers’ requirements, and a lack of standardization between payers.  Tension created by the cost of services and the need to control healthcare costs is a constant in the revenue cycle.

Recently, a major shift in dynamics has occurred with the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence by payers. This enables them to process – and deny – claims with unprecedented speed and scale, leaving providers struggling to catch up. On a recent webinar, Makenzie Smith, Experian Health Product Manager for AI AdvantageTM, explained how this change was reshaping the relationship between payers and providers:

“So many payer decisions are now being driven by artificial intelligence. Insurers are reviewing and denying at scale using intelligent logic, leaving providers fighting harder for every dollar… Many revenue cycle managers will stick in their comfort zone because operating margins are tight and changing course seems risky. But given this change in payer behavior, the cost of staying the course could put organizations at risk.”

How AI-powered revenue cycle management solutions help close the gap between payers and providers

Providers are increasingly leveraging digital technology to level the playing field with payers. Integrated software and automation give revenue cycle management teams the right data in the right format and at the right time to respond to queries promptly and accurately. These solutions enable teams to work more efficiently, so they can process more claims in less time.

Experian Health’s flagship AI-based claims management solution, AI AdvantageTM, is a prime example. This tool predicts and prevents denials by identifying patterns in payer behavior and flagging claims with a high probability of denial so specialists can intervene before the claim is sent to the payer. This works alongside ClaimSource®, which automates clean claim submissions at scale. Using a single application, all claims are prepared and submitted with all necessary documentation, reducing the risk of denial due to missing or inaccurate information.

Integrating Wave HDC’s data capture technology for comprehensive claims management

In November 2023, Experian Health acquired Wave HDC, which specializes in using AI-guided solutions to capture and process patient insurance data at registration with unrivalled speed and accuracy.

This gives Experian Health clients access to a single denial management solution, known as Patient Access Curator. This new technology is a single click solution that spans eligibility verification, coordination of benefits, coverage and financial status checks with near-100% accuracy in less than 30 seconds. Crucial registration data can be captured in real time as soon as the patient checks in for an appointment, with no need to chase and update data post-registration. A single inquiry can search for all the essential insurance and patient demographics instantly, enabling better use of staff resources and smoother communications with payers.

Tom Cox, President of Experian Health, says the move “allows us to quickly scale our portfolio with advanced logic and AI-powered technology to help solve one of the biggest administrative problems providers face today, which is claim denials.”

Accurate patient data from the outset is key to preventing downstream denials, many of which originate in patient access. By reducing errors and enabling faster processing times, this comprehensive approach to denial management will help strengthen the relationship between providers and payers, ensuring timely payments and clean claims.

Contact Experian Health today to find out how AI and automation can help build a successful relationship between providers and payers – and drive down denials.

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