Examining processes implemented to reduce administrative costs of interactions between health care providers and insurance plans

This project will provide information about innovative approaches that can reduce the administrative costs of interactions between health care providers and health insurance plans. At a time when health care costs are rising significantly, the industry continues to employ inefficient administrative practices that by some estimates cost the system as much as $32 billion annually. This project will identify four to eight specific practices that are producing, or have strong potential to produce, significant administrative savings. An example is universal electronic credentialing of providers, which would eliminate the need for physicians to annually undertake onerous and duplicative filing of credential information for multiple insurance plans. For each practice, the project will identify extent of practice, savings, and barriers to greater use. Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research at Weill Cornell Medical College, will compile this information into a report suitable for an expert conference, produce one or more issue briefs, and write at least one peer-reviewed paper.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $148,254.00

Awarded on: 5/31/2012

Time frame: 5/1/2012 - 2/28/2013

Grant Number: 70005


Cornell University, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College

1300 York Avenue
New York, 10065-4805


Lawrence Peter Casalino
Project Director