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Payers Pave Way to Provider EHRs
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Physicians facing down a 2015 federal deadline for upgrading to electronic health record systems are finding that many insurers are eager to help with technology and financing. But what are the downsides?

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August 11, 2010  

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