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CareFirst Joins Partnership of Blues Plans as Owner of NASCO
Date:8/5/2009

and its single shared-system allows Blues plans to eliminate redundancy and leverage the costs of development and maintenance. NASCO's system is built to handle large volumes and complex business, which is essential to CareFirst. NASCO will handle claims processing for nearly 500,000 large group contracts for CareFirst by January 2010.

NASCO is committed to maximizing customer performance and lowering operational costs through its unique shared-system environment and consistently high performance. With the ability to automatically adjudicate high percentages of all claims processed, NASCO allows its customers to achieve greater overall efficiency and maximize their operational performance.

"CareFirst's decision to become an owner of NASCO further demonstrates the growing strength of NASCO's value proposition to Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans," said John Ladaga, President and CEO of NASCO. "Our solutions leverage true economies of scale, which is resonating with CEOs and CIOs across Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. As Plans face economic challenges never before experienced, they are turning to proven, scalable and affordable solutions like ours."

About CareFirst
In its 72nd year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care organization which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas.

About NASCO
NASCO got its start in Atlanta over 20 years ago when it partnered with several Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® Pla
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