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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 Class
Make and Model
MPG city/highway
Two Seater
Honda Insight Manual
61/68
Minicompact
MINI Cooper Manual
28/37
Subcompact
Volkswagen New Beetle Manual (diesel)
42/49
Compact
Toyota Prius Auto
52/45
Midsize
Honda Accord Manual
26/34
Large
Chevrolet Impala Auto
21/32
Small Station Wagon
Volkswagen Jetta Wagon Diesel Manual
42/50
Midsize Station Wagon
Ford Focus Wagon Manual
27/36
Sport Utility Vehicle
Toyota RAV4 2WD Manual
25/31

Minivan

Dodge Caravan 2WD Auto
21/27
Chrysler Voyager 2WD Auto
21/27
Chrysler Town & Country
21/27
Passenger Van
Chevrolet Astro 2WD Auto
16/20
GMC Safari 2WD Auto
16/20
Two Seater
Dodge Viper Convertible Manual
12/21
Minicompact
Porsche Turbo
15/22
Subcompact
Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Auto
16/22
Ford Mustang Manual
16/22
Compact
Mercedes-Benz CL600 Auto
13/19
Midsize
Audi S8 Auto
16/21
Large
Mercedes-Benz S600 Auto
13/19
Small Station Wagon
BMW 540i Sport Wagon Auto
17/21
Midsize Station Wagon
Audi S6 Avant Auto
15/21
Sport Utility Vehicle
Cadillac Escalade EXT AWD Auto
12/16
GMC K1500 Yukon XL AWD Auto
12/16
Land Rover Discovery Auto
12/16
Minivan
Kia Sedona Auto
15/20
Volkswagen EuroVan Camper Auto
15/20
Passenger Van
GMC H1500 Savana AWD Auto
13/17
Ford E-150 Wagon Auto
13/17
Chevrolet Chevy Express AWD Auto
13/17

 



Yvonne Wollenberg. Online UPDATES.

Medical Economics

Apr. 25, 2003;80.

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