The Sage Group will acquire Tampa, Fla.-based Emdeon Practice Services Inc., which sells practice management software and patient data systems to doctors' offices.

Sage will pay about $567 million in cash to EPS's parent company, Emdeon Corp., and plans to close the deal in September. For the 2005 fiscal year, EPS had revenues of approximately $300 million and about 20,000 mostly small and midsized customers.

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