Healthcare Providers Choosing IVANS High-Speed Technology to Succeed Within Medicare Modernization Era

Skagit Valley Hospital chooses IVANS LIME, impressed with quick turnaround time and no hardware requirements

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Stamford, Conn. (Vocus) January 15, 2009

IVANS , the leading provider of corporate connectivity solutions and services, notes that thousands of healthcare providers are choosing high-speed Internet technology over dial-up to access Medicare as they migrate to new Medicare Administrative Contractors. Since the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, the IVANS healthcare team has helped tens of thousands of providers with Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) consolidations and Enterprise Data Center (EDC) migrations, observing firsthand how these initiatives are impacting the healthcare community.

A provider who knows first hand about these migrations is Skagit Valley Hospital, a regional hospital in Mount Vernon, WA. Heather Schafer, the hospital's financial analyst, selected IVANS LIME™, a high-speed Internet solution, and was impressed with the quick turnaround time and that no hardware was required. Schafer said, "Our hospital includes 137 beds and 250 physicians, so a large portion of our revenue comes from Medicare. It was critical that we have fast and secure Medicare access without any disruption during the transition. The IVANS team guided us in selecting a high-speed solution that not only accelerates our claims process, but does not require any servers on site so we don't have to worry about maintenance or upgrades. As a result, it was a very simple and fast process."

During these Medicare transitions, IVANS has found that many providers are unaware of or unclear about Medicare's modernization efforts and how it will affect them. To help, IVANS created the Medicare Transition Program (MTP), a program designed to educate providers about Medicare's modernization efforts and the changes providers need to make to their Medicare access as a result. This program includes a variety of components, including free webinars, informational guides, expert customer support, and software and connectivity testing as needed.

Tara Mondock, group vice president of healthcare said, "The number one priority of the healthcare provider community is to provide excellent patient care. And, while important, these Medicare initiatives can place an enormous administrative burden on providers unless they understand the latest alternatives for processing Medicare claims. IVANS fills a significant need by educating providers about alternatives and offering high-speed Medicare access solutions that support the entire Medicare workflow."

IVANS is currently working with healthcare providers on Cycle Two of the migrations, which includes Medicare Jurisdictions 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15, and represents 519,954 practitioners and 2,555 hospitals. To learn about the Medicare Administrative Contractor consolidation and Enterprise Data Center transition, and how this affects providers in Cycle Two, visit http://www.ivans.com/healthcare/providers.

About IVANS
IVANS Inc. provides the property/casualty insurance and healthcare industries with fully managed network, electronic data interchange (EDI) and agency-company interface solutions to help solve complex business issues. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn. The Company operates the largest healthcare network providing access to the Medicare Data Communications Network (MDCN) and is an approved vendor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). IVANS serves over 600 insurance and healthcare organizations, more than 30,000 independent agents and 135,000 healthcare providers. With over 25 years of experience successfully managing networks, the company also offers its clients relentless customer service, security solutions, reliable and accessible technical helpdesk support and expert enablement. IVANS, which was formed by 21 insurance companies, also has offices in Tampa, Fla. and Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit http://www.ivans.com.

Contacts
Cecile M. Locurto
IVANS, Inc.
203-698-7218

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