Air Force awards $31 million medical services contract

Air Force awards $31 million medical services contract

The Air Force has awarded a five-year, $31 million contract to HealthCare Resolution Services of Laurel, Md., for medical coding, auditing and training for more than a dozen military treatment facilities throughout the United States.

The contract consolidates several smaller programs, said Maj. Bonnie Goodale, chief of medical resource management at the Air Education and Training Command.

'This is the first time we've done this completely commandwide,' Goodale said. Previously it had been in several pieces, some oriented by region, some by functionality.

AETC is the largest of the Air Force commands, with more than 66,000 active-duty and 15,000 civilian workers. It is responsible for recruiting, training and educating Air Force personnel. HCRS will provide services for the command's 13 treatment facilities.

Goodale said consolidating the programs will reap several benefits. The program will improve the overall quality of the medical data, cutting down on errors. Also, as personnel move from facility to facility, standardized systems will reduce retraining costs.

'That helps us in third-party reimbursements, when we get accurate data,' she said. Third-party insurers process their payments faster and pay more of the invoices based on accurate information, Goodale said.

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