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In brief: Highmark renews push for high-tech

Health insurer Highmark Inc. is revamping an effort to give
more doctors access to e-prescribing technology.

Health insurer Highmark Inc. is revamping an effort to give
more doctors access to e-prescribing technology.

In November 2005, the Pittsburgh-based insurer contributed
$26.5 million to The Pittsburgh Foundation to create the Highmark eHealth
Collaborative. The money was to fund a grant program that would help physician
groups buy and install electronic-prescribing systems. Highmark does business
as Highmark Blue Shield in the midstate.

To be able to distribute funds, however, the collaborative
had to get 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
Two-and-a-half years later, the IRS has still not decided whether to grant
tax-exempt status, so Highmark decided to grant $29 million to physicians on
its own.

“Highmark wanted to move forward,” said Phil Neubauer,
Highmark spokesman.

The eHealth Collaborative had received grant applications
from more than 4,000 doctors. Highmark is reviewing these applications to
decide who will receive grant money, Neubauer said. The maximum grant award is
$7,000 per physician. The company is not accepting new applications at this
point, Neubauer said.

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