Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center thought it had an efficient claims submission system. Half the claims from the nine-hospital integrated delivery system in Baton Rouge go to Medicare or Medicaid. Staff used to load the claims on magnetic tape each week and ship them to the government payers.

In March 2000, however, a strategic alliance between its hospital IT vendor and a claims clearinghouse made it easy for LSU to adopt electronic data interchange and submit claims electronically.

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