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Why you should prioritize digital payments

Digital payment processing doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here are 4 reasons it should be at the top of your priority list.

By Bill Barbato, Chief Growth Officer at Optum Financial Payments | January 29, 2024 | 3-minute read


Answering the why for going digital with payments

The value of digital claims payments is becoming increasingly clear as more businesses ditch paper. But with this change come questions. Why are digital payments better? What are the specific advantages? How do they work? Learn the many advantages and importance of adopting digital payments.

1. Having digital payment options matters to customers

More and more people and businesses are embracing a digital lifestyle. As a result, a wider range of payment options than paper checks and ACH payments is expected.

Numerous benefits come with offering ways to pay digitally. According to a 2023 report by Optum Financial, 58% of providers see faster payment collection and reduced account receivables days when using digital payments systems.

Better payment experience

Moving to digital claims payment processing improves payer relationships with their payees. In our recent report, 6 in 10 providers said they believe faster delivery of payments would improve their payment experience with payers.1

2. Digital payments deliver fast, predictable ROI

Claim payment digitization can have a clear, well-documented impact, starting with reduced payment lag time and increased efficiency and accuracy. Digital payments also offer immediate cost savings in printing, mailing and processing paper checks.

Faster payment processing can also reduce other claim-related costs. According to the latest CAQH index report, cost savings associated with electronic claim payment adoption for the medical and dental industries is $1.4 billion.2

Faster transactions

Digital payments can be delivered much more quickly than sending a check in the mail. Medical providers experienced an average time savings of 4 minutes per transaction when they used digital payments.2

3. Digital payments help reduce fraud

Cyberattacks and fraud are on the rise. Nearly 30% of all companies saw an uptick in fraud attempts in 2021. In 2021, ACH debits were the second most popular payment method targeted.3

Digital payments can help reduce payment fraud by keeping sensitive information protected.

More secure payments

When surveyed, 7 in 10 payers agreed electronic payment methods are more secure than other methods.1

4. Digital payment options drive provider satisfaction

There's no shortage of reasons to move to digital payments. With a digital solution you can see transaction history and have a single system of record for all payment types. The top paper-based claims pain point is costs related to billing errors and reimbursements.

Faster payment delivery

It is possible to send your payments more quickly through a trusted platform. When surveyed, 63% of providers said they would like faster delivery of payments.2

Switching to digital claim payments can lead to an affordable, self-contained digital transformation win that delivers results quickly.

Learn more about how Optum Financial can help you transition to digital claims payments.


  1. 2023 Report Optum Financial Health Care Payment Methods: Perspectives from Consumers, Providers and Payers. Unpublished, Internal Market Insights Report.
  2. CAQH. 2022 CAQH Index: A Decade of Progress. Accessed September 1, 2023.
  3. Association for Financial Professionals. 2022 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Report. April 2022.

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