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The CommonWell Health Alliance and the Carequality framework have solidified their connection, boosting interoperability among members and allowing providers to more easily exchange data with each other even if they're on different electronic health record systems.CommonWell's new connection to the Carequality framework, which on Friday becomes available to all the groups' participants, promotes interoperability by linking the country's biggest EHR vendors, including Epic Systems Corp., Cerner, Athenahealth, Allscripts, and others. Previously, the connection was available

Nearly one year after Illinicare, a private insurer in the state's overhauled Medicaid managed-care program, slashed reimbursement rates to medical suppliers, a large provider is terminating its contract with the insurer.Cuts of up to 50 percent, which took effect Jan. 1, hit suppliers that provide Medicaid beneficiaries with durable medical equipment like wheelchairs and ventilators.Minneapolis-based ActivStyle, which specializes in incontinence products, decided to exit the plan's network after "a year of operating at a loss