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BlueCross Eliminates Paper Remits

February 14, 2006

Columbia, S.C. - Continuing the theme of leveraging technology to eliminate paper and increase operational efficiencies, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina now allows healthcare providers to eliminate their paper remittance advices.

"With the advent of electronic remittances (HIPAA 835s) and Web-enabled images of our paper remits, we have had a large number of providers asking us to dispense with their paper mailings," said David Boucher, assistant vice president of health care services.

BlueCross already has eliminated paper remits for more than 50 hospitals and one large physician practice, Colonial Family Practice in Sumter, S.C., because these providers have requested it. The only requirement is that providers also receive electronic funds transfers (EFT) -- a free way for providers to receive their reimbursement about four days earlier than via traditional paper mail. Interested providers may request this paper suppression by sending an e-mail to provider.cert@bcbssc.com or by faxing a request to 803-264-4695.

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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