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Pediatric EHR Vendor Initiative to Support Independent Practices

A pediatric EHR vendor launched an initiative to support independent practices that care for children in underserved communities.

A pediatric EHR vendor launched an initiative to support independent pediatricians that care for patients in underserved communities.

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By Kate Monica

- A pediatric EHR vendor recently launched a new initiative intended to financially assist independent pediatric practices that care for a high-volume of patients in underserved communities.

The Physician’s Computer Company (PCC) established the grant-based initiative — called the WeCARE Program — as part of an effort to reduce health inequity in underserved communities and reduce barriers to EHR adoption.

“As a benefit corporation, the WeCARE Program aligns with PCC's ongoing mission of removing obstacles that prevent pediatricians from practicing medicine,” said PCC President and co-founder John Canning. “Sometimes those obstacles are financial.”

To help independent practices overcome financial barriers to improving care quality, PCC will accept applications through WeCARE twice a year and select at least two recipients from each batch of applicants.

Chosen applicants will receive PCC’s pediatric EHR system and practice management solution at no cost for the first six months of use. For the duration of their partnership with PCC, participating practices will finance the EHR system at a customized rate.

“Independent pediatricians working hard to bring high quality care to underserved communities often receive payments from insurance programs that are not enough to cover the costs associated with maintaining a practice,” he continued. “By supporting pediatricians with technology made for their specialty, we can improve the efficiency and quality of care they are able to provide.”

New and established independent practices that demonstrate their commitment to improving care quality to children in underserved areas are encouraged to apply.

“Our aim is to help pediatricians continue to serve the people and places that are important to them.”

Allscripts Launches EHR-Integrated Coverage Data Tool

Elsewhere in health IT news, Allscripts will now allow users to leverage an EHR-integrated real-time benefit check tool to determine out-of-pocket costs for medications during the prescribing process.

Allscripts expanded its partnership with prescription solutions provider CoverMyMeds by integrating RxBenefit Clarity into Allscripts EHR.

RxBenefit Clarity was designed by CoverMyMeds and RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions to deliver accurate, out-of-pocket payment information for patients at the point of care.

“We’ve learned from the overwhelming adoption of our electronic prior authorization solution, providers want simplicity, consistency, accuracy and efficiency in the tools they use to treat their patients,” said CoverMyMeds President Glenn Wada.

RxBenefit Clarity displays coverage information based on each patient’s health plan and pharmacy of choice.

The solution uses this data to present patient-specific out-of-pocket prescription costs and address prior authorization requirements.

Allscripts and CoverMyMeds are working to integrate RxBenefit and Allscripts Prescription Price Transparency in Allscripts ePrescribe solution, as well as Allscripts Professional and TouchWorks EHR solution offerings.

Lab Joins Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Program

Life sciences company LabCorp recently joined Apple Health Records to allow patients to more easily access their lab test results and other health information from multiple providers through their iOS devices.

“Our strategy to support the increasingly engaged healthcare consumer is a critical part of our mission to improve health and improve lives,” said LabCorp chairman David P. King. “LabCorp on Health Records will help provide healthcare consumers with a more holistic view of their health.”

“Laboratory test results are central to medical decision making, and broadening access to this information will help patients take charge of their health and wellness, and lead to more informed dialogues between patients and their healthcare providers,” he added.

Patients will have the opportunity to access LabCorp test results, as well as information such as allergies, lab test results, medical conditions, immunizations, and vitals from other institutions supporting Health Records.

Currently, the Health Records feature includes more than 80 health system participants.

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