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Virginia Launches Statewide Platform for ED Data Sharing

Fierce Healthcare writes: Virginia has launched a single, statewide platform to connect 129 hospital emergency departments (ED) across the state, allowing physicians to access patient records and tap into the state’s prescription monitoring program.  In doing so, the state may have discovered one way to smooth over what has become an increasingly combative relationship between emergency physicians and payers over ED utilization.  Virginia’s Emergency Department Care Coordination program is a collaboration that stretches across providers, payers and state agencies aimed at controlling ED utilization costs and directing patients to the appropriate care provider.

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