Meanwhile, the chief executive of the
In the statement, authority Chief Executive
"It should be working correctly for the benefit of our providers and it simply is not. It is my responsibility to make it work right. I apologize to our providers for their difficulties and ask for their continued patience," Gomez said in the statement.
In an email to The Oklahoman this week,
"They have spent millions to convert to a better upgraded system, only to exclude small business and (launch) a failing website," Majors said.
The authority paid
A dental provider in
"When an agency cannot bill, they cannot pay their clinicians," he said.
Opponents criticized the authority for not testing the enhanced portal externally before launching it, and choosing not to introduce an automated secure file transfer protocol (FTP) system to its web-centric system, which requires a double-authentication login and manual uploading of files.
Melendez said the site on Wednesday was handling 75 percent of its normal claim volume, and that the authority had extended the paying cycle for all providers from
"The site is experiencing difficulties that are being worked through at HP," Melendez said. "They've brought in the very best and brightest from around the country," she said. "Each day gets better as claim volume and file uploads increase."
He and others were disappointed, he said, to learn only medical advisory committee board members -- primarily health professionals with little knowledge of information technology -- were allowed to ask questions of health care authority staff.
Gomez, in his statement, said agency employees were working with the vendor and with providers to improve the system's performance and ensure claims are filed.
"I understand the frustration that our providers are experiencing with our new claims portal that became operational last Thursday. Our providers have a reason to be upset," he said in the statement. "We have set a high standard in being able to support our providers that serve our SoonerCare members and our being the most efficient payer in the market is the standard."
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