Topaz Shared Services Selects McKesson’s Advanced Reimbursement Solutions

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Topaz Shared Services Selects McKesson’s Advanced Reimbursement Solutions

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Topaz Shared Services, LLC, and are collaborating to bring more efficient, accurate and transparent claims processing to Blues plans. Topaz, formed in December 2011 by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, will use McKesson’s advanced claims auditing solution and transparency solution to flexibly support complex reimbursement models brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other market drivers. McKesson’s advanced reimbursement solutions are used by more than 60% of the nation’s Blues plans, a key factor in the company’s decision.

“As we work to build a next-generation service organization, we understand that strategic partnerships with technology leaders such as McKesson are essential for successful innovation,” said Chris Woodfin, chief financial officer at Topaz. “In using their best-in-class solutions and leveraging their deep industry expertise, we can bring the best ideas to market quickly and efficiently and help our customers remain highly competitive.”

“This collaboration is specifically designed to meet the needs of a post-reform market,” said , vice president of Financial and Network Management at McKesson Health Solutions. “As payment complexity increases, administrative costs can escalate rapidly without the right integrated solutions. Topaz is creating the technology platform that will allow it to flexibly adapt to a changing market while keeping costs to a minimum for its clients.”

Increasingly complex plans and varied lines of business and payment methodologies can push healthcare payers' claims payment systems beyond their ability to deliver the necessary speed and accuracy. ClaimsXten is a durable, flexible solution for clinically based claims auditing that offers rules creation and firing, which enables payers to process each claim under the specific payment and medical policies and provider contract terms of each benefit plan. Using ClaimsXten, organizations can increase auto-adjudication rates while more readily uncovering medical and administrative savings opportunities.

Complementing ClaimsXten is Clear Claim Connection, which allows payers to disclose their claims payment policies, rules and edit rationales directly with their provider networks. Physicians can access this information through the payer’s Web portal, supporting payer-provider partnership by supplying a more transparent view into payment decisions.

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Topaz Shared Services delivers an integrated technology suite that allows health plans to get new products to market faster, innovate more effectively and gain cost efficiencies. Topaz was formed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) in response to impending market changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act, increased competition, and the need to offer consumers new options.

BCBSNC and Blue KC are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The cross and shield are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; all other marks are the property of their respective owners.

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit us at .

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