updated 10/12/2010 2:45:20 AM ET 2010-10-12T06:45:20

KANSAS CITY, Mo. and MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 11, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:CERN) and SearchAmerica®, a part of Experian and a leader in financial clearing services for healthcare, have signed a reseller agreement that allows SearchAmerica's suite of financial services to be integrated with Cerner's revenue cycle offering, a part of the Cerner Millennium® platform.

SearchAmerica's services, including Address Checker and Payment Advisor Suite SM, are used by hundreds of hospitals nationally to assist with the automated segmentation, prioritization and collection of receivables so as to improve cash flow while simultaneously providing ways to lower overall costs. Benefits of this agreement for Cerner Millennium clients include:

  • Address Checker – verifies patient demographic information at the point of registration or pre-registration
     
  • Payment Advisor Suite – allows classification of patients to predict the likelihood of payment
     
  • Provides the ability to screen patients for charity care, Medicaid, other government programs and uninsured discounts, assisting in creation of proper documentation for enrollment as well as calculating discounts
     
  • Provides additional integration with Cerner registration solutions to direct the patient to financial counseling prior to completing the registration process

"We are pleased to work with SearchAmerica and to provide additional revenue cycle capabilities to our clients," said Bill Wing, vice president, Revenue Cycle at Cerner. "The embedded SearchAmerica capabilities will provide our clients with actionable information to ensure they have the appropriate demographic and financial information to bill their patients."

SearchAmerica is exhibiting its revenue cycle management services at the Cerner Health Conference, Oct. 10-12, 2010 in Kansas City, Mo., in the Cerner Solutions Gallery.

About Cerner

Cerner is transforming healthcare by eliminating error, variance and waste for healthcare providers and consumers around the world. Cerner® solutions optimize processes for healthcare organizations ranging in size from single-doctor practices, to health systems, to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, employer health and wellness services industry and for the healthcare commerce system. These solutions are licensed by more than 8,500 facilities around the world, including approximately 2,300 hospitals; 3,400 physician practices covering more than 30,000 physicians; 600 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 700 home-health facilities; and 1,500 retail pharmacies. The trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the "Marks") set forth herein are registered and unregistered trademarks and/or service marks owned by Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and certain other countries throughout the world. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit http://www.cerner.com Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

About SearchAmerica,Inc.

SearchAmerica, a part of Experian, leads the industry in financially clearing patients using address verification, prediction of payment and automated screening for financial assistance with its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) services. The company provides a complete range of products that are used by more hospitals nationwide than other financial clearing solutions. SearchAmerica's quality and accuracy are best-in-class, and health care providers benefit from smarter data, which produces a healthier bottom line. Documented case studies prove a significant return on investment, consistent with favorable public relations. For additional information, please contact SearchAmerica at 1 763 416 1000 or visit http://www.searchamerica.com .

About Experian

Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 90 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft. Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2010, was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

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