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MHA Announces: Tommy Thompson to be Keynote Speaker at The MHA 5th Annual Business Summit

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Managed Health Care Associates, Inc. (MHA), the nation's largest Alternate Site GPO, announced today that it plans to open the 2008 MHA Business Summit with prominent speaker Tommy Thompson, former U.S. Secretary, Health and Human Services (2001-2005), former four-term Governor of Wisconsin (1987-2001), former 2008 Presidential candidate and current Independent Chairman, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. Marking the 5th Anniversary of the Business Summit to be held March 27-28, at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, MHA is extremely pleased to host such an honored guest. The 2007 Summit attracted over 300 pharmacy attendees and 175 industry partners. MHA expects the momentum to continue, ensuring that the 2008 event will top last year's success.

The two-day 2008 Summit will continue to center on strategies to maximize long-term care pharmacy opportunities under Medicare Part D while also covering regulatory issues that pertain to pharmacy services; new technologies to drive efficiencies and reduce medication errors, and strategies to improve reimbursement and financial management. Key Note speaker Tommy Thompson will impart his views on the upcoming Presidential election and the potential impact to Medicare Part D. In addition, he will join other featured health care industry speakers in exploring the tough health care policy issues of today.

As one of the nation's leading advocates for the health and welfare of Americans, Secretary Thompson provides unmatched expertise on global health issues. While at HHS, Secretary Thompson led the Administration's efforts to pass and implement a new Medicare law (Medicare Part D) that for the first time provided a drug benefit to America's seniors. Building on his esteemed career as HHS Secretary and Governor, Secretary Thompson continues to develop innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing American families, businesses, communities, states and the nation as a whole. These efforts focus on:

* Improving the use of information technology in hospitals, clinics

and doctors offices

* Promoting healthier lifestyles

* Strengthening and modernizing Medicare and Medicaid

* Expanding the use of medical diplomacy around the world

"We are excited to have such a distinguished guest speaker as Tommy Thompson to address our 2008 industry forum," said Raymond Schwartz, MHA Advisor to the CEO and meeting organizer.

"We have an astute member community and having Secretary Thompson share his industry insight will be a valuable experience to all those who attend."

Managed Health Care Associates, Inc. (MHA) has grown to become the market leading Alternate Site GPO and Long Term Care Pharmacy Network Manager servicing the Independent LTC Pharmacy Industry. MHA's success is driven by unparalleled member support, competitive contracts, and the ability to create innovative, customized, web tools and reports, designed to increase savings and promote profitability. Members utilize MHA's services to assist in the purchasing of a complete line of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, capital equipment, and food, as well as, network access to the majority of the largest national and regional prescription drug plans managing the Medicare Part D drug benefit. MHA also offers a variety of services to medical supply, pharmaceutical manufacturers and prescription drug plan organizations, including contract administration, marketing, and continuing education. For more information, visit

For More Information Contact:

Angela Elsier

Director of Marketing

Managed Health Care Associates, Inc.

800-642-3020 X 2870

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