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Health Options, Inc.'s BlueMedicare HMO Earns NCQA Excellent Rating
Date:1/15/2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded the BlueMedicare HMO plan of Health Options, Inc. (HOI) "Excellent" accreditation, NCQA's highest accreditation status. Excellent accreditation is awarded to those plans that meet or exceed NCQA's most rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement.

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http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000427/BLUELOGOB ) Health Options, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF). Earlier this year, NCQA awarded the status of "Excellent" to the HOI BlueCare HMO commercial plan.

"We are excited that both of our HMO products have an excellent rating from NCQA," said Dr. F. Miguel Fernandez, senior medical director, health care programs, BCBSF. "HOI and BCBSF continually strive to improve the quality of health care provided to our members."

NCQA accreditation ratings are based on how well plans meet standards related to access and service, in addition to an annual review of clinical quality data reported through the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, or HEDIS(R).

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida is a leader in Florida's health industry. BCBSF and its subsidiaries serve more than 8.8 million people. Since 1944, the company has been dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of all those it serves by offering an array of choices. BCBSF is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., BCBSF is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information concerning BCBSF, please see its Web site at http://www.bcbsfl.com.


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