Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will heavily subsidize the cost of electronic health records software, training and support from Allscripts for more than 750 independent physicians.

The Blues plan will pay 85 percent of the cost for around 600 physicians, and 100 percent of the costs for 150 physicians in 39 free clinics. The goal is to help the physicians become meaningful users of EHRs and "recognized" as patient centered medical home providers.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield is working with the North Carolina regional extension center to assist practices to become medical homes, and working with the state's health information exchange to enable physicians to share data. The plan is investing $15 million into the initiative with Allscripts also sharing in the cost. Information on Allscripts' contribution was not immediately available.


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