The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has signed a data use agreement with the North Carolina Health Information Exchange that paves the way for marrying Medicaid clinical and claims data and making that data available to physicians at the point of care.

NC HIE has already signed participation agreements with 27 hospitals and more than 600 medical practices across the state.

“We’ve taken the critical first step in Medicaid reform: getting data that tells us what we’re spending money on so we can allocate resources as efficiently as possible," L. Allen Dobson, Jr., M.D., president and CEO of Community Care of North Carolina, the state's major initiative to control Medicaid cost and quality, said. "It moves us further down the road we know we have to travel – from paying for volume of medical services to a value-based system that rewards providers for favorable patient outcomes."

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