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America’s Choice Healthplans’ Partners with DoctorQuality
|Issued by: America's Choice Healthplans
Date: Mar. 27, 2001
|King of Prussia, PA, March 27, 2001— America’s Choice Healthplans, the world’s first online benefits administrator, and DoctorQuality, a leading provider of Internet-based health care quality solutions, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership that will provide employers with a dramatic new way to deliver higher quality health care benefits to their employees via the Internet.
Under the terms of the agreement, ACH will integrate DoctorQuality’s extensive online health management tools into ACH’s first-of-a-kind online benefits administration service, MyAmericasChoice.com. The partnership completes the development process, which started when America’s Choice began offering health insurance claims management live on the Internet—the first company in the industry to do so. Since then, America’s Choice Healthplans has won national recognition for supplementing their Web
site with a menu of online tools designed to simultaneously allow companies to improve
the quality of care received by employees while gaining internal efficiencies over the monitoring, tracking and administration of highly complex health benefits transactions.
“We see this alliance as offering a powerful new tool for providing a better way to manage care, without restricting care,” says Clelland Green, President and CEO of America’s Choice Healthplans, which has grown more than 400% during the past two years, due to its Web-based delivery methods. “Until now, insurers have focused solely on restraining costs by limiting available services. A better way to contain costs is to focus on improving the management of health care in a way only the Internet, and companies such as DoctorQuality can do.”
For instance, DoctorQuality offers a complete quality rating service that allows employers and employees to find and select the highest quality health care provider in any geographic area. David J. Shulkin, MD, chairman and chief executive officer of DoctorQuality, says, “Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to improving your personal health.” He adds, “Our ability to provide unbiased ratings of physicians and hospitals directly into the hands of the consumer empowers informed choice and increases the ability of employees and employers to take control of the quality of their lives.”
At the same time, the strategic partnership with DoctorQuality will offer ACH employers a litany of online tools that employees can use on a consistent basis to manage chronic diseases. For instance, DoctorQuality’s disease-specific workbooks provide a framework for employees to proactively manage medical conditions and receive the best practice care.
ACH selected DoctorQuality as their partner based on DoctorQuality’s recognized leadership and stellar reputation. In recent months, the Disease Management Association of America and Gomez.com have recognized DoctorQuality for its outstanding work in the health care services field and its proprietary database of quality ratings and recommendations. Last year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to health and health care, awarded DoctorQuality with a contract to work with providers and consumers to ultimately design a health care system in which providers are rewarded for improved health care quality over profit.
Such programs have proven to be highly effective in reducing hospital stays. In fact, DoctorQuality has already saved millions of dollars for their customers by using quality-based decision making in regards to healthcare. America’s Choice Healthplans has found that the proactive management of chronic diseases decreases the national average of bed days from 336 per 1,000 consumers by nearly half to 161 bed days per 1,000 per year. At the same time, statistical analysis of insurance claims shows that roughly 6% of all insured are responsible for 60% of all claims. America’s Choice online management systems works to reduce these types of claims by giving patients the interchange to work in a seamless fashion to manage chronic conditions and decrease the incidence of needed care and hospital bed days.
About America’s Choice Healthplans
America’s Choice Healthplans is the world’s first online third-party benefits administrator to leverage the power of the Internet to improve employer’s efficiencies and provide greater management control through real-time, online communications. The company’s Web site, (www.MyAmericasChoice.com) is the only online resource to provide employers the comprehensive, interactive benefits information they need to best manage employee benefits programs, as well as allow their employees to live healthier lives. For employers, MyAmericasChoice.com provides the ability to monitor, review and alter employee claims and eligibility, as well as generate real-time, on-the-fly graphical reports they can use to manage their program on a day-to-day basis. For employees, MyAmericasChoice.com offers the ease and convenience of being able to review claims, find physicians and health care providers and receive detailed explanations of their benefits and their plans. America’s Choice Healthplans works in partnership with some of the nation’s leading health care providers and offers a range of benefit programs including health, dental, prescription drug, vision, life, and disability.
DoctorQuality is an Internet-based company that helps measure, select, purchase and improve the quality of healthcare. As the world’s first quality benefits management company, DoctorQuality allows purchasers to utilize quality in their decision-making, rewards providers for delivering better value and benefits consumers with improved outcomes in healthcare. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.DoctorQuality.com.
For more information: http://www.MyAmericasChoice.com
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