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Greenway Medical Technologies (Carrollton, Georgia) and Navicure (Atlanta) reported a partnership designed to improve the profitability of the claims management process for physician practices. Through this agreement, both companies will expand their offerings to include more integrated solutions and services.

Navicure's account receivables management solutions enable practices to automate receivables processes, including primary and secondary claims reimbursement; patient eligibility verification; rejected and denied claims management; electronic remittance posting; claims and remittance reporting and analysis; and patient statement processing.

Greenway's integrated physician's infrastructure strategy helps organizations reduce costs by optimizing point-of-care documentation, interoperability, personal health records, quality reporting and clinical research.

The integration of these solutions provides physician practices with seamless claims management processes.

"We look for cutting-edge, forward-thinking organizations to partner with and Greenway has certainly proven to be that type of organization," said Jim Denny, president/CEO of Navicure. "We're excited about this partnership and confident that our collective efforts will help physician practices increase profitability through improved claims reimbursement and staff productivity."

"Navicure shares our commitment to customer satisfaction and dedication to creating leading, integrated solutions," said Justin Barnes, vice president of marketing and government affairs for Greenway Medical Technologies. "We want to provide our customers with the best available technology that can provide significant value, increased productivity and return on investment."

In other agreements/contracts news:

• B. Braun Medical (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) reported that it has been awarded a three-year contract by Premier Purchasing Partners (San Diego) for both hemodialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy dialysis products.

The contract, which became effective on Nov. 1, offers Premier members access to contracted pricing on B. Braun's full line of dialysis products. Premier Purchasing Partners also reported that a new agreement for specialty distribution of suture and endomechanical products has been awarded to Suture Express (Lenexa, Kansas). Effective Feb. 1, the 36-month agreement is available to acute-care and continuum-of-care members of the Premier healthcare alliance.

• Click Commerce (Beaverton, Oregon) reported that it continues to gain new ground in the eResearch software space with news that Ohio State University (Columbus) will use the company's eResearch Portal software to fully automate a wide of variety of research administration and compliance processes.

Ohio State expects to gain new process efficiency across the institution's multiple research communities in a series of research automation initiatives to be rolled out in a multi-phase approach. The goal is to reduce the administrative burden on researchers.

Using eResearch Portal, the institution will automate Ohio State workflow processes, shorten turnaround times, eliminate routine submission errors and omissions, enhance protocol collaboration security, and alert researchers of approaching deadlines.

• Copan Systems (Waltham, Massachusetts) said that it successfully deployed its data backup and recovery infrastructure for MultiPlan (New York). This scalable implementation will allow MultiPlan to standardize and consolidate storage solution as it continues to grow, while saving the company nearly $1 million over three years.

MultiPlan is a supplier of independent, network-based cost management solutions for the healthcare industry in the U.S.

• Healthcare Data Services (HDS; Boston) reported a two-year renewal contract with Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization (BIDPO; Boston) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC; Boston) to provide data management services and the implementation and use of the HDS Analyst tool. The renewal was agreed upon following a one-year pilot relationship that allowed BIDPO/BIDMC to compare HDS products and services to its existing reporting and analysis tools, as well as other options.

HDS Analyst extrapolates and organizes healthcare and financial data from limitless sources and provides a needs-based reporting system to measure and analyze data to improve healthcare quality and cut costs.

• Lawson Software (St. Paul, Minnesota) reported that practice management services company MedicalEdge Healthcare Group (Dallas) licensed Lawson QuickStep Healthcare along with the Lawson Human Resource Management and Lawson Business Intelligence suites. The contract was signed during Lawson's second quarter of fiscal 2009, which ended Nov. 30. The company chose Lawson to help it integrate financial and human resource management capabilities on a single platform.

• PGxHealth, a division of Clinical Data (Newton, Massachusetts), said it has executed a contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA; Chicago) that will provide individual Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with access to the Famillion Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) genetic tests for inherited cardiac syndromes.

PGxHealth is an approved Medicare provider for its genetic testing services, and a Medicaid provider in 38 states and the District of Columbia.