Health insurer Humana Inc. will subsidize the implementation cost of electronic health records software from athenahealth Inc. for 100 ambulatory practices with about 1,000 physicians.

Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth sells the EHR bundled with practice management software and outsourced billing/collections services.  Louisville, Md.-based Humana is working with the vendor to provide actionable information to physicians participating in a program to adopt the medical home model of care.

Under the alliance, athenahealth will be able to deliver via the EHR a summary of patient care using relevant insurance claims data from Availity LLC, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based claims clearinghouse. The service, called Availity CareProfile, includes such information as diagnoses, tests performed, lab results, medications prescribed, ambulatory visits and inpatient events. Providers can view the information via a Web browser, or download the summary to supplement a patient's electronic health record.

The vendors also will collect and measure data to assess physician performance in such areas as readmission rate, generic drug dispensing rate, mail-order usage and completion of health risk assessments. More information is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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