THE WHITE HOUSE|
Office of the Press Secretary
(Aboard Air Force One)
For Immediate Release
August 11, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Every day, tens of thousands of health claims are submitted to
insurers and other payers by our nation's health care providers. These
billing forms are often incomprehensible, inconsistent, and duplicative,
frequently serving little useful purpose. They waste the time and
financial resources of our talented health care professionals, and can
result in higher premiums and lower quality of care.
With today's release of new national standards for electronic
claims for health care transactions, we are taking a major step towards
eliminating burdensome, time-consuming and wasteful paperwork that costs
the nation's health care system billions of dollars each year. In fact,
the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that these
administrative simplification regulations will achieve a net savings to the
health care system of nearly $30 billion over the next 10 years.
As we use our new technology to streamline our health care system,
we will maintain our absolute commitment to protect the sanctity and
privacy of medical records. The standards we are releasing today will
be required to be implemented consistent with the privacy regulation
that we will be finalizing later this year.
Today's action is a win for patients and health care providers
alike. When we save money from the health care system, we succeed in
keeping premiums down. When we reduce paperwork requirements on our
physicians, they have more time to spend with their patients. Improving
quality, eliminating wasteful spending, and maintaining our values
should be the goals we strive to achieve in health care and every
public policy we pursue. I believe that we are achieving all three
goals with the release of today's new standard.