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Emdeon Announces Agreement to Acquire The Sentinel Group, a Leader in Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Management Services
Date:5/5/2009

ll healthcare spending - or between $68 billion and $226 billion - is lost to fraud each year.

More and more states are taking action to fight healthcare fraud. At least 41 states have set up fraud bureaus to identify and investigate fraud. In 21 states, insurers are required by law to set up specific programs to identify insurance fraud and outline actions to reduce fraud.(1)

"Right now, healthcare costs and their impact on the economy are top priorities across our nation," said Gary Stuart, Executive Vice President at Emdeon. "Emdeon's mission is to make healthcare more efficient. Now we will have another way to help make payments more efficient - and take costs out of healthcare - during a critical time for the healthcare industry and our economy."

The acquisition will expand Emdeon's portfolio of offerings to help identify potential financial risks much earlier in the claims administration cycle, creating efficiencies and cost savings for payers and providers alike. Emdeon's network connects 1,200 government and commercial payers, 340,000 providers, 5,000 hospitals, 77,000 dentists and 55,000 pharmacies. The breadth and scale of this network allows Emdeon to drive consistent workflow, information exchange and risk management for all healthcare constituents.

"We are very excited to become a part of the Emdeon family," said Kelli Garvanian, Vice President of The Sentinel Group. "We look forward to working together to create new opportunities and be part of the solution as our nation tackles healthcare costs and reforms," she said. Following the closing of the transaction, Garvanian will join Emdeon as its Fraud and Abuse Product Champion.

The Sentinel Group evolved from an internal competency within the Trustmark Companies' employee medical benefits divisions. As part of this transaction, the Trustmark Companies will remain long term customers of The Sentinel Group. "It's ver
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