Financial management using a computerized system for evaluating health care invoices

Racheli Magnezi, Isaac Ashkenazi

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The Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) provides health care services for hundreds of thousands of soldiers in IDF clinics and by purchasing services from civilian institutes. Monthly invoices from civilian institutes are so numerous that most are paid with insufficient scrutiny and valuable information regarding soldiers' health care is lost. Our objective was to develop a computerized system for reviewing invoices and gathering data. Based on Oracle software (Oracle, Redwood Shores, California), the system stores the terms of agreements with medical institutes, enters billing data, calculates invoice totals, manages information, and generates reports. It automatically checks for duplicate invoices and confirms payment. The system allows users to view data for decision-making, creates insurance claim files, identifies incorrect charges, assists in quality assurance, and maintains personal patient records. With the system in operation since 2001, savings significantly increased, to approximately 5% of the IDF health care budget. On the basis of information gathered by the system, changes in medical procedures were implemented that are expected to generate even greater savings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


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