Sometimes claims data can inform clinical decisions however, adds Merin Joseph, Westmed's CIO. Through the EHR, physicians can access claims data summaries-delivered to its Optum claims database from its payers-which shows services rendered outside the practice. "It shows medications and imaging services received outside the practice," she says. "It is a big part of managing cost. If the patient had an MRI somewhere else, we don't want them to go get another one."
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