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American Specialty Health and INSPIRIS Win Top Honors in URAC's Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards

decision support, consumer/patient safety, and integrated care coordination. Programs were selected as winners for their ability to measurably demonstrate an impact on consumer empowerment and/or protection, as well as their potential for wide- spread implementation of the program by other organizations.

"URAC is breaking new ground with this first-ever competition that draws from organizations across the health care management spectrum," Spielman said. "These are effective, innovative practices that can be duplicated to the benefit of consumers and health care purchasers across the country."

Winners of URAC's Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards are:

Honorable Mention:

-- OptumHealth, "OptumHealth Treatment Decision Support Program"

-- Aetna, Inc., "Aetna's Health Care Transparency Initiative"

-- Sensei, Inc., a Humana Joint Venture, "Sensei for Weight Loss"

-- BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City and Prime Solutions, Inc.,

"Adolescent Immunization Community Collaborative"

-- FONEMED and Centra Care, "Exposure Hotline of Centra Care and FONEMED"

-- Eli Lilly and Company, Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc. and the

Missouri Department of Mental Health, "Behavioral Pharmacy Management


-- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, "Blue Care Connection: Closing the

Gaps in the Obesity Epidemic"

-- Medco Health Solutions, "Improving Patient Safety for Diabetic


Winners in the Health Care Management Category:

-- Bronze Award, Paradigm Health, "Care Management Impact on Advance

Directive Completion"

-- Silver Award, INSPIRIS and Mercy Care Plan of Arizona, "INSPIRIS

CarePlus Nurse Practitioner-Led Care"

-- Gold Award, PsycHealth, Ltd., "Behavioral Health Home Intervention

Impact on Readmissions"

Winners in the Health Information Technology Category:

-- Bronze

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