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Health plans seek EHR data for new payment models

InformationWeek, May 15, 2013
Health plans are rapidly migrating to value-based payments models, according to a new report from Availity, which provides Web-based connectivity between providers and payers. As a result of this market shift, plans are seeking new types of information from providers and want to automate the exchange of data to facilitate the new payment models. The Availity report is based on interviews that Porter Research recently conducted with 39 health insurers. These plans, which include payers of different sizes and types -- including not-for-profit, for-profit, commercial, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare Advantage plans -- are representative of the marketplace, said Brian Kagel, director of business intelligence for Availity, in an interview with InformationWeek Healthcare.