SOURCE: Mitchell International

Mitchell International

February 22, 2010 08:00 ET

Mitchell International Announces SmartAdvisor™ Alliance With National Health Quest

SmartAdvisor to Deliver More Savings to Payers With Best-in-Class Out-of-Network Discount Negotiation Services

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 22, 2010) - Mitchell International, Inc., a leading provider of information, workflow and performance management solutions to the Property & Casualty and claims and Collision Repair industries, today announced a strategic partnership with National Health Quest (NHQ), a best-in-class provider of negotiated out-of-network prompt payment services. NHQ's proven ability to reduce medical loss dollars will be seamlessly integrated into the SmartAdvisor™ medical bill review platform, further enhancing the industry's leading workers' compensation cost containment solution. 

SmartAdvisor is a leading medical claim cost containment solution that helps payers of workers' compensation claims evaluate and settle claims faster and more accurately. NHQ's medical bill discount negotiation capabilities will be integrated with the SmartAdvisor platform and available March 29, 2010. NHQ's specialized services reduce out-of-network medical bills by negotiating additional savings below the audited amount in exchange for prompt payment and resolution.

"Seamlessly integrating NHQ's negotiation services into the SmartAdvisor medical bill review platform will deliver significant savings to payers, with savings per successful negotiation of up to 27 percent within a one to three day turnaround," said Nina Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mitchell International SmartAdvisor Solutions Division.

Added J.L. Fersch, Jr., President and Founder of National Health Quest, "NHQ is pleased to partner with Mitchell SmartAdvisor Solutions to create an out-of-network medical bill savings solution that combines our best-in-class out-of-network discount negotiation services with SmartAdvisor's comprehensive medical bill review platform. SmartAdvisor is a premier example of successful use of technology to manage cost containment in a highly complex, regulated and increasingly competitive marketplace."

SmartAdvisor is continually enhancing its ability to streamline the medical bill review process by leveraging the power of technology to automate previously manual processes with more efficient workflows. NHQ's cost savings will be seamlessly available to payers via the same technology advancements introduced by the SmartAdvisor Real Time Partner Bridge, which produces PPO medical bill savings and reduces bill review turnaround time by making the most up-to-date medical data available to payers.

SmartAdvisor is a comprehensive bill review solution for workers' compensation that leads the industry in its unique combination of performance software, client services, and best-in-class partnerships. SmartAdvisor's unique capabilities include customizable workflow modeling, Capstone® business decision rules engine, SmartReports™ data analytics and reporting tools, Claims Examiner Portal for fast, secured, real-time access to bill data, and a proven technology platform that delivers on average 50-70% straight-through processing for improved efficiencies and lower costs. In addition to being a leading workers' compensation solution, SmartAdvisor provides the same capabilities and benefits to the auto and general liability markets and is ideal for servicing all bodily injury lines in a single platform. Visit www.mitchell.com/smartadvisor for more information or contact Mitchell SmartAdvisor Solutions directly at 1-800-421-6705 to schedule a demo of the SmartAdvisor bill review system. 

About National Health Quest (NHQ)
NHQ is a Los Angeles, CA based corporation and has been representing major national Insurance Carriers, Employers, and TPA's since 1991. NHQ has pioneered, developed, and specializes in non-network PPO/HMO Alternatives, Auto Pay Programs (our "out-of-network-network") and zero PPO (or insufficient savings) provider prompt payment negotiations for Workers' Compensation, Auto, and Group Medical Bills. NHQ is known for obtaining 100% Signed Agreements thus eliminating costly litigation and wasted resources. We are also renowned for adding value without jeopardizing quality. NHQ invites you to visit www.nhqinc.com for more information or contact NHQ directly at 1-888-268-0695 to speak with a NHQ Representative.

About Mitchell International, Inc.
Mitchell International (www.mitchell.com) is a leading provider of information and workflow solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Automotive Collision Repair industries. The company's comprehensive solution portfolio streamlines the entire auto physical damage, bodily injury and workers' compensation claims processes. Mitchell enables millions of electronic transactions between more than 30,000 business partners each month to enhance partner productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction.