Athenahealth Reveals Best, Worst Payers

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | May 30, 2014

'This information, now more than ever, is important to providers.'

The annual PayerView Report, from health IT company athenahealth, released today, reveals the healthcare payer that has the best relationship with providers and the one that has the most problems. The report found Blue Cross Blue Shield the fastest to pay providers.

To arrive at the rankings, athenahealth employed its cloud-based data across its national network of healthcare providers. For the second year in a row, Humana ranked first in overall performance among 148 payers. And, for the ninth straight year, Medicaid performed the worst compared with all commercial plans and Medicare.

The 2014 PayerView results rank commercial and government health insurers according to specific measures of financial, administrative and transactional performance. The goal, say athenahealth executives, is to provide an objective, comparative benchmark for assessing how easy or difficult it is for providers to work with payers...