partners with Quality Systems, a free, transparent healthcare pricing service for patients, has signed a joint venture agreement with Quality Systems (QSI), a developer and provider of computer-based practice management, patient records, and revenue cycle management products for physicians, dentists, and small hospitals.

The partnership will incorporate PriceDoc's online search marketing tool directly into the QSI Dental and the NextGen Practice Management software packages. The NextGen system manages appointments, billing, and other administrative processes for more than 60,000 physicians and dentists around the U.S.

Through the partnership, patients who are uninsured, underinsured, or seeking self-pay elective procedures can compare and negotiate prices for healthcare procedures or services directly on In addition, providers using QSI Dental and NextGen Practice Management who promote their services and prices on will gain access to "cash-paying" patients and enable more efficient delivery of healthcare services by optimizing their office scheduling, securing fees-for-service, and offering cash payments that reduce paperwork and overhead costs, the company said.

The new feature comes at no cost to QSI Dental and NextGen Practice Management clients and will be available starting in early fall 2010. Providers can choose to post their cash-based fees and procedures, credentials, training, and services, as well as give patients the opportunity to make an offer or name their own price. A marketing processing fee will be paid to and QSI following completion of the procedure by the provider.

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