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Humana and Allscripts Form Alliance to Advance Clinical-Decision-Support Technology

Alliance supports doctors’ advanced-technology adoption and use while aligning incentives with better health outcomes for patients

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Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:00 am EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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"Allscripts believes that the key to better health care is turning information into insights that physicians use to improve both the quality and cost-effectiveness of care."

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), in its continuing commitment to partnering with leading Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendors, has formed an alliance with Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) – a national leader in EHR technology – to provide eligible physician practices with incentives for implementing EHR technology that enables delivery of advanced clinical-decision support at the point of care. The technology provides patient-specific, clinical-quality information to physicians that supports both preventive and chronic-condition management as well as improved care coordination.

Humana will provide financial assistance to selected physicians for adoption of the Allscripts EHR as part of Humana’s Medical Home EHR Rewards Program. Physician practices that participate will receive valuable, timely clinical information – electronically – at the point of care, such as a notice of a preventive-care opportunity or information about a patient’s medical history that may not appear in a particular doctor’s patient chart. Humana will financially reward primary care physicians for improved clinical performance.

“We’re excited about Humana’s partnership with Allscripts. It enables us to work together to move the system toward a totally integrated, totally connected model that will improve our members’ quality of life, improve outcomes and lower health care costs,” said Bruce Perkins, senior vice president of Humana’s Health Care Delivery Systems and Clinical Processes Organization. “Humana is committed to driving outcome-based collaboration that advances the dialogue between payers and physicians to help our health plan members achieve lifelong well-being.”

Through Humana’s Medical Home EHR Rewards Program, physician encounters are measured in conjunction with nationally recognized HEDIS quality measures, which are designed to improve the overall efficiency of the health care delivery system, while also evaluating other measures such as generic-drug dispensing rate, mail-order usage, readmission rate and health-risk-assessment completion.

“As we progress towards a value-based system of health, this initiative with Humana will deliver the real-time information that physicians and other caregivers need to make the best decisions for their patients,” said Glen Tullman, chief executive officer of Allscripts. “Allscripts believes that the key to better health care is turning information into insights that physicians use to improve both the quality and cost-effectiveness of care.”

Humana already delivers health information and clinical messaging about its members through the Availity® Health Information Network. This information is available to physicians online via the Availity ® CareProfile ®, a longitudinal patient record that includes care provided by multiple treating physicians and facilities. Going forward, CareProfile information will be integrated with participating EHR vendor systems and presented at the point of care, seamlessly integrating with the physician workflow.

“Availity is pleased to be working with Humana on this important initiative,” said Russ Thomas, Availity president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to advancing access to the information we provide via the Availity network through this program.”

Through their work with Humana and Allscripts, physician practices will be provided with individualized goals and regular feedback on clinical and other performance. They may also be eligible to receive additional financial benefits but only after the practices meet or exceed certain quality benchmarks.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading consumer-focused health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
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  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls
  • Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors
  • Corporate Governance information

About Allscripts

Allscripts provides innovative solutions that empower all stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to deliver world-class outcomes. The company’s clinical, financial, connectivity and information solutions for hospitals, physicians and post-acute organizations are the essential technologies that enable a Connected Community of Health™. To learn more about Allscripts, please visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Contact:

Humana Corporate Communications
Jim Turner, 502-580-3221
jturner2@humana.com