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National e-Claims (NeCST) Standards

National e-Claims (NeCST) Standards allow the electronic exchange of health financial data. NeCST standards provide the foundation for claims information exchange across the continuum of care and can support a wide range of health care providers in managing electronic claims. These providers include physicians, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists, optometrists, and chiropractors.

National e-Claims (NeCST) Standards                                          CDFU *

  • Supports electronic claims management
  • NeCST Standards currently support invoicing; predetermination, special authorization and statements of financial activity in the pharmacy, physio-chiro and vision lines of business, through defined messages   
  • Increases access to patient claim information and status
  • Improves interoperability of systems and enhances patient-related health information exchange between health care providers
  • Increases consistency in data capture and reporting
  • Provides the foundation for claims information exchange throughout the pharmacy industry
  • Establishes and maintains patient medication history, and other relevant information, including patient self-selected and over-the-counter medications, patient substance intolerances and allergies
  • Enables consistent electronic billing and reporting, regardless of payor
  • Reduces manual submission of claims by patients since it can be done by their health care provider
  • Eliminates the need for patients to submit claims each time they receive health services
  • Allows providers to spend more time providing care and less time on administrative functions
  • Decreases the time and cost associated with manual claims
  • Minimizes delays in claims payment
  • Enables the addition of unique patient demographic information, common across all health care systems and integral to each new prescription and new patient, to an EHR structure
  • Allows for demographic updates
  • Improves pharmacists and client communications because the adjudication response messages provide enhanced information to pharmacists
  • Allows continued reconciliation of payment received through a full suite of claims payment messages
  • Messaging: HL7 V3.0
  • Terminology: HL7 Terminology Code Systems, SNOMED CT, ICD-10-CA, CCI


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