Physicians filing claims for patients with UnitedHealthcare insurance now can do so in real-time, thanks to a new claims submission Web site.
UnitedHealthcare, a company of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH), launched the service in January. Doctors enter the patient's eligibility information and codes for care received during the visit, and UnitedHealthcare will confirm costs in less than 10 seconds.
The cost information includes the total allowed price of the procedure based on the contract between the insurer and provider, the reimbursement amount and any fees the patient might owe.
Patients can have their claim information ready before leaving the doctor's office, and there is less paperwork and a shorter processing time. Processing usually takes days or weeks using older methods.