TACLOBAN CITY- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) has given an award to the provincial government of Leyte for developing a software that results to fast service among the clients.
The recognition was held on February 1 and was personally accepted by Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and his elder brother, former governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, whose administration the software was first developed.
The award is the recognition of PhilHealth for the software or the computer program developed by the provincial government, which is the first and the only accredited by PhilHealth in the country, that greatly improves the submission and payment of claims of the health institutions accredited by the said health insurance agency.
Gov.Petilla, in an interview, said that the province has developed the program or software to be used in reporting electronically the submission of claims by hospitals or other health institutions for their patients to Philhealth as well as payment of those claims by Philhealth to the hospitals or health institutions.
He said that with the software, reporting or submission of claims for the patients of the hospitals and other health institutions in Leyte to Philhealth and payments is now faster and easier.
Petilla said that with the use of the software results to more efficient transactions as its result to lower the rejection rate of claims and in effect also result in high claim rate.
He added that more patients can avail of Philhealth services and has a better system for the submission and payment of claims.
He said that there are already hospitals in Leyte which are already using the software for Philhealth transactions.
The governor claims that the software is the first and the only accredited by Philhealth for hospital operation.
The software can be used without the internet connection and during calamities as it can be used in offline mode.
Renato Limsiaco Jr.,Philhealth regional vice president for Eastern Visayas, based in this city told reporters in an interview, that the Philhealth certification given to Leyte is very critical in the implementation of the electronic claims as the submission to Philhealth electronically automated by the end of March this year and no more manual submission to us and the acceptance of claims should also be electronically done.
“(This ensure) a very fast transaction and the payment release to the facilities is also very fast and that we need to pay the hospital or facility as fast as we can,” Limsiaco said. (RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT)