Physicians Rank Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island #1 in Northeast

(Providence, RI, 6.15.2009)

Physicians rank Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) first among 30 Northeast health insurance plans for timely claims processing, according to's PayerViewSM survey.  Among its Blue Cross and Blue Shield peers nationally, BCBSRI is ranked number one for its physician-friendly claims processing and payments.

"Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island's commitment to delivering superior service and value to physicians remains steadfast," said James E. Purcell, president and CEO, BCBSRI.  "While we are grateful for these results, we are working harder than ever before to earn the trust and confidence of our stakeholders, especially our customers, our members, and their physicians."

BCBSRI's ranking was even more notable in that it showcased the company's ability to pay claims, on average, in 15.4 days—or close to half the time of the next-ranked company in athenahealth's list. BCBSRI was the fastest payer of physician claims for the third consecutive year and had the lowest percentage of denials for the second consecutive year, according to athenahealth.

Importantly, 97 percent of physician claims to BCBSRI are successfully resolved on the initial submission.

PayerViewSM is an annual project of athenahealth and Physicians Practice Magazine. It is a quantitative report on payers' performance based on specific metrics that rank how easy it is to conduct business with payers. Since 2006, athenahealth, a provider of online medical billing services to hospitals and doctors, has evaluated $7 billion in claims data to rank 172 national, regional and government health plans in 40 states on how quickly and accurately they reimburse claims.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state's leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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