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Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

Electronic Attachments and the Dental Office Featured

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fast attachRegence BlueCross BlueShield, an insurer in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah, recently announced that they are no longer accepting paper claims or issuing paper checks, which have providers all over these four states scrambling to make sure they have the appropriate electronic processes in place to continue working with this major payer. 

As a vendor of practice management software, we have been working with our clients and helping them adapt to this announcement. 

In doing this we have been surprised at the number of dental practices who are still not using the electronic attachment services of NEA (National Electronic Attachment, Inc.).

NEA is an electronic attachment clearing house which allows a dental office to transmit attachments, via the Internet, for payers to review in support of electronic claims

They enroll insurance companies and providers (both paying a fee) into this service so that digital x-rays, perio charts and other electronic supporting documentation can be efficiently and securely shared between provider and insurance company.  

You should expect more carriers to adopt an “electronic-only” policy as they attempt to cut administrative costs.  This means that the use of a service like NEA will become critical to the flow of information between your office and those payers you and your patients depend upon. You will find that this electronic process is also a time-saver for your staff.

Here are a few links to the NEA website that you will find important.  Their electronic attachment service is called FastAttach™.  

    A list of insurers participating with NEA
    Practice Management Systems that integrate the use of NEA
    Frequently Asked Questions – this includes provider pricing
    NEA provider enrollment form

NEA is offering Right Click Dentistry blog readers a special promotion that will waive the registration fee (a $200 savings) and offer one month of free service (a $27 savings).  Just use the promo code DAISYRZ2M with the enrollment link, above.  This offer expires 06/30/2014.  

If you aren’t using NEA, you will eventually be forced to as insurers like Regence move exclusively to electronic processing

Making the move today would be a right click.

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