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Amagine and Michigan Association of Health Plans Announce Plans to Speed Access to Insurance Information

For immediate release:
Nov. 21, 2011

Increased access facilitates efficiency and helps improve patient care

Chicago – Amagine, Inc., a subsidiary of the American Medical Association (AMA), and Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP) today announced they are teaming up to provide Michigan physicians with greater online access to information from health insurers.

Physicians will be able connect with insurers using online portals administered by both Amagine and MAHP to check the insurance eligibility of patients or the status of a medical claim. This agreement gives Michigan physicians the ability to efficiently manage administrative tasks with MAHP health plans. Both portals operate on the same platform facilitated by Covisint a Compuware (NASDAQ: CPWR) company.

This is Amagine’s third major health information technology initiative in Michigan. In 2009, Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) and the AMA began collaborating to provide health IT products and services to MSMS members. In March 2011, a similar agreement was announced with my1HIE, a community of six physician organizations representing more than 4,000 Michgan physicians.

"We are pleased to work with Amagine to make it easier and faster for physicians to access and update patient insurance information," said Rick Murdock, executive director of MAHP. "Smart use of health information technology will reduce administrative costs and help hold down the rising cost of health care in Michigan."

"We are very pleased to team up with Michigan Association of Health Plans and provide a valuable new electronic connection through the Amagine portal," says Robert Musacchio, senior vice president, AMA Business Product Solutions. "This agreement will undoubtedly help Michigan physicians streamline administrative tasks to increase their office efficiency and allow them to focus on their top priority - patients."

The Amagine physician portal provides a single point of access to more than 30 solutions and resources, including electronic medical records and other tools that support patient registries, electronic prescribing, claims management, communication services, and point-of-care clinical decisions. Amagine consultants perform practice assessments to determine a medical practice’s readiness to adopt advanced health information technology and make tailored recommendations.

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Media Contacts:

Robert J. Mills
American Medical Association
312-464-5970

David Waymire
Michigan Association of Health Plans
517-485-6600

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