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Best-selling Author Lee Woodruff, Futurist Ian Morrison to Speak at URAC's Best Practices Conference
Date:12/11/2008

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Life changed in a heartbeat for successful freelance writer Lee Woodruff when her husband, Bob Woodruff, co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight, was wounded while broadcasting from Iraq. Her experience as a caregiver and patient advocate during her husband's recovery will be the focus of her keynote address at URAC's Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Conference and Exhibit, April 1-2, 2009 in Orlando, Fla.

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Woodruff is an author and contributing editor on Good Morning America. Her keynote address, "In an Instant: A Health Care Consumer's Journey of Healing and Empowerment" echoes the themes presented by her bestselling book by the same title.

Woodruff's story will underscore the consumer's role in health care at a conference that spotlights the health care industry's award-winning programs in consumer empowerment and protection. Twenty-three finalists in URAC's Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards competition will be honored during the two-day conference, which will recognize innovative and proven programs from health information/decision support, health management, pharmacy quality management and workers' compensation companies as well as health plans and health networks.

"The Best Practices Awards recognize these outstanding programs, and the Conference is an educational opportunity for companies to learn how to replicate them in their own companies," said Alan Spielman, URAC's president and CEO. "These emerging best practices give industry leaders a glimpse of the future of health care and new directions that can lead to a greater emphasis on consumer needs."

Futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., will
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