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Credentialing; fuel economy.



Tired of filling out multiple credentialing forms? Help's on the way

Illinois physicians are the latest to benefit from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare's effort to simplify the credentialing process. No matter how many health plans a physician affiliates with, he need only submit information one time—either online or by fax, in accordance with state law.


The service is free to physicians, but participating health care organizations pay an annual per physician/provider fee for unlimited access to completed records, as well as a small annual administrative fee to offset system maintenance and customer service requirements. Each health care organization reviews and verifies credentialing data, and decides independently whether a physician meets its standards for participation.

The data collected is made available only to health care organizations that have been authorized by each physician, and the organizations are automatically notified when a physician's information changes.

The service first launched in Colorado and Virginia in 2002, and it is also available in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington, DC. CAQH, a nonprofit coalition of the nation's largest health plans and insurers, plans to expand nationwide this year. (See "Credentialing made easy," Apr. 11, 2003.)

Which 2003 models do best—and worst—at the pump?

EPA Size ClassMake and ModelMPG city/highway
Two SeaterHonda Insight Manual61/68
MinicompactMINI Cooper Manual28/37
SubcompactVolkswagen New Beetle Manual (diesel)42/49
CompactToyota Prius Auto52/45
MidsizeHonda Accord Manual26/34
LargeChevrolet Impala Auto21/32
Small Station WagonVolkswagen Jetta Wagon Diesel Manual42/50
Midsize Station WagonFord Focus Wagon Manual27/36
Sport Utility VehicleToyota RAV4 2WD Manual25/31


Dodge Caravan 2WD Auto21/27
Chrysler Voyager 2WD Auto21/27
Chrysler Town & Country21/27
Passenger VanChevrolet Astro 2WD Auto16/20
GMC Safari 2WD Auto16/20
Two SeaterDodge Viper Convertible Manual12/21
MinicompactPorsche Turbo15/22
SubcompactMercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Auto16/22
Ford Mustang Manual16/22
CompactMercedes-Benz CL600 Auto13/19
MidsizeAudi S8 Auto16/21
LargeMercedes-Benz S600 Auto13/19
Small Station WagonBMW 540i Sport Wagon Auto17/21
Midsize Station WagonAudi S6 Avant Auto15/21
Sport Utility VehicleCadillac Escalade EXT AWD Auto12/16
GMC K1500 Yukon XL AWD Auto12/16
Land Rover Discovery Auto12/16
MinivanKia Sedona Auto15/20
Volkswagen EuroVan Camper Auto15/20
Passenger VanGMC H1500 Savana AWD Auto13/17
Ford E-150 Wagon Auto13/17
Chevrolet Chevy Express AWD Auto13/17


Yvonne Wollenberg. Online UPDATES.

Medical Economics

Apr. 25, 2003;80.