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AMA, Lexis Nexis partner on new provider directory tool

Many federal and state laws already mandate up-to-date provider directories.

The American Medical Association on Monday said it will partner with the healthcare division of data company Lexis Nexis to support a new tool to streamline physician network directories.

The database, Lexis Nexis VerifyHCP, will ensure the best data quality of these networks by monitoring, cleaning or updating clinician automatically so that insurers, providers and especially patients have access to the most up-to-date data.

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As rising healthcare costs have placed a greater emphasis on the part of the consumer to research providers before receiving care, the AMA says the new tool will make sure they are making decisions based on updated provider directories.

In fact, many federal and state laws already mandate up-to-date provider directories.

"Working in collaboration, the AMA and LexisNexis Health Care are offering a comprehensive and authoritative solution that delivers a flow of accurate data to meet state and federal directory mandates, and most importantly, supports the needs of patients, physicians and payers," Josh Schoeller, vice president of client engagement at LexisNexis Health Care, said in the announcement.

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