Pennsylvania payor to give docs $1M for EHR training

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Pittsburgh-based health insurer Highmark will contribute $1 million to provide training and support for doctors who adopt an EHR system.

Augusta Kairys, vice president of provider relations at Highmark, said the funding is in addition to $29 million the company has already offered doctors to switch to a computerized system, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

The insurer is also paying up to 75 percent of the cost for a doctor's office to buy, install and implement an EHR. In addition, the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative (PRHI) and Jewish Healthcare Foundation are also providing funding to help pay for physician training on the systems.

In all, 138 primary care practices in the region have signed up, according to Karen Feinstein, president and CEO of PRHI and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, reported the Pittsburgh Business Times.