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Northwest primary care medicine: Curing what ails us

Dr. Erika Bliss of Qliance Medical Group helped convince wary lawmakers that lower-cost practices covering primary care could be an affordable option to full-coverage employer-based insurance. Qliance and other innovators say by eliminating costly fee-for-service billing systems, they can pay for technology to research best practices, keep more complete medical records and give patients better access.