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Franken seeks standard forms for health care

WASHINGTON, D.C — Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is pushing for the inclusion of a measure in the health-care reform legislation that would standardize the forms that are used for administrative transactions between health care providers, payers, intermediaries and vendors.

“Doctors and nurses should spend their time and resources dealing with patients, not paperwork,” Franken said in statement. “I’m proud that Minnesota has been a leader in simplifying administrative processes. If the nation follows our example, we can save this country billions.”

In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law requiring health-care providers and payers use a single format and exchange transactions electronically. Franken said that “this legislation is estimated to save the state’s health care system more than $60 million per year.”

Franken added that he will also offer an anti-fraud amendment when the health care legislation hits the Senate floor.

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