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LifeMasters Contracts with Prevea Health Plan to Provide Disease Management Services

IRVINE, Calif., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc. a leading disease management company, today announced it has signed an agreement to provide disease management services to Prevea Health Plan (PHP) members with diabetes, asthma, and coronary artery disease (CAD). Prevea Health Plan offers customizable health insurance plans to northeastern Wisconsin employers in six county service areas including Brown, Door, Oconto, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Outagamie counties.

Under the three year contract, members enrolled in Prevea Health Plan's commercial HMO and POS plans will have access to disease management services, including customized health education, lifestyle-modification support, regular telephonic interaction with a clinical nurse consultant and regular monitoring of the member's vital signs and symptoms for early identification of changes in health status. In addition, LifeMasters communicates with the member's physician whenever a clinical problem arises.

"LifeMasters is excited to work with Prevea Health Plan to provide disease management services to their members," said Christobel Selecky, LifeMasters Chairman and CEO. "Our disease management program ensures that each participant receives the education and coaching necessary so that there are no gaps in their health care, while helping to manage the costs incurred by health plans. This approach ensures that all players in the delivery of health care -- the member, physician and health plan -- benefit from increased communication and care that a disease management program provides."

"Promoting health and providing the highest quality of healthcare is part of our mission," said Thomas Huffer, M.D., Medical Director of Quality for Prevea Health Plan. "We chose LifeMasters because of their reputation for quality and feel that their program will help us promote the health of our patients with chronic illnesses."

Studies have shown that medical expenses incurred by individuals with chronic illness account for a disproportionate share of health care expenditures in this country. By keeping individuals healthy and following the best standards of care, preventable hospital admissions, hospital lengths of stay, and emergency department visits are reduced along with the associated costs.

About Prevea Health Plan

Prevea Health Plan was created in 1996 as a part of Prevea Health Services, a partnership of Prevea Clinic, St. Mary's and St. Vincent Hospitals. Prevea Health Plan offers both a regional insurance plan to northeastern Wisconsin employers and the Prevea 65 Plus Health Plan to older adults in need of Medicare supplement insurance. Whether you're a senior or an employer, all of Prevea Health Plan options provide the right blend of quality medical care, reliable family doctors and easy access to specialists and options that are flexible and affordable. Prevea Health Plan (PHP) and Prevea Health Network (PHN) currently serve approximately 1500 employer groups and insure more than 100,000 people, which makes Prevea one of the largest healthcare plans in Northeast Wisconsin.

About LifeMasters Supported SelfCare

LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc. is a leading provider of disease- management programs and services creating interactive health partnerships among patients, physicians and payors. Its mission is to empower individuals to achieve optimal health. LifeMasters programs improve quality of care for individuals with chronic illnesses, reduce chronic disease costs for payors and provide decision-support tools for physicians. LifeMasters provides services for a variety of conditions including hypertension and is fully accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to provide disease-management services for the five most prevalent and expensive chronic medical conditions: diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. LifeMasters provides services to more than 300,000 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Irvine, California, LifeMasters manages individuals with chronic illness for some of the nation's leading health plans, employers and governmental organizations, including Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio and Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (Medicaid). More information about LifeMasters can be found at http://www.lifemasters.com/ or by calling 1-800-760-9261.

Contact: Denise Apcar LifeMasters 650-829-6217 dapcar@lifemasters.com

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