Innovative Third-Party Administrator Offers Transparency Messenger to Enable Companies and Employees to Shop Smart and Save Money on Medical and Dental Services and Prescriptions
BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As third-party administrators (TPAs) continue to play a key role in the administration of healthcare benefits to companies and employees across the country, change:healthcare today announced the addition of Unified Group Services to its growing roster of TPA customers. A leading TPA of self-funded benefits plans, Unified Group Services will offer change:healthcare’s Transparency MessengerTM to enable its clients to achieve cost savings through access to critical pricing information about medical and dental services and prescriptions in their local area.
Based in Indiana and also serving customers throughout the United States, Unified Group Services offers a range of administrative and wellness products to more than 22,000 members enrolled in preferred provider organization (PPO) or high-deductible plans. Unified’s client base includes a range of commercial companies as well as several schools, hospitals and municipalities. Posting all of its explanation of benefits (EOBs) forms online and communicating with the majority of its customers via e-mail, Unified selected change:healthcare’s Transparency Messenger as part of its ongoing effort to offer innovative and easy-to-use Web-based tools that drive cost savings, while empowering patients to better understand benefits and make critical decisions about their care.
“change:healthcare offers the only solution that proactively alerts employees when they have an opportunity to save money on routine care, procedures and prescriptions,” said Rich Mousty, president of Unified. “After an easy implementation and training period, change:healthcare’s Transparency Messenger enables us to extend cost savings to our customers by helping employees better understand and manage their individual healthcare expenses.”
Unified will launch change:healthcare’s Transparency Messenger to internal employees by the end of August and plans to offer the tool to its customers in early September.
“As TPAs consolidate and compete for market share, Unified continues to differentiate itself and stay ahead of the curve by implementing technologies that make the lives of employees and their families easier,” said Howard McLure, CEO of change:healthcare. “Transparency Messenger offers companies the ability to proactively arm employees with the information they need to become smarter healthcare consumers – ultimately reducing overall healthcare costs and significantly impacting the bottom line.”
About Unified Group Services
Unified Group Services, Inc., is a Third Party Administrator (TPA) for self-insured group health plans. Beginning in the sunroom of owner and president, Rich Mousty, the business has grown to over 130 clients in 30 states and processes over $370 million in health care claims. The two-person employee team has expanded to nearly 100 employees. Unified Group Services offers a broad range of services including but not limited to: Medical, Dental, Vision, COBRA/HIPAA, Section 125 (FSA), HRA, Health Savings Account (HSA), and Short-term Disability administration plus Wellness programs. For more information, contact (800) 291-5837 or visit www.UnifiedGrp.com.
change:healthcare (www.changehealthcare.com) has set the industry standard for true healthcare cost transparency – a critical component to the success of high deductible health plans and to controlling the burden of rising healthcare costs. Built on more than three years of medical, pharmacy and dental claims data, the company’s web-based Transparency MessengerTM provides employees with personalized views of pricing information and proactive alerts that highlight opportunities to save money on routine care and prescriptions in their local area. By enabling informed decision-making prior to selecting and receiving care, change:healthcare delivers substantial cost savings to both employers and employees.
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