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Lehigh Valley-Based PPO, Valley Preferred, Reports Marked Improvement in Disease Management & Wellness Outcomes
Date:2/24/2009

cords his or her own outcomes on chart audit forms provided by Valley Preferred. These documents are reviewed by a panel of Valley Preferred network physicians and measured against national peer standards for a determination of performance by both the physician and the practice." Through collaboration with physicians and practices, Valley Preferred has achieved physician participation rates in the high 90 percent range.

"Our program is fully intended to affect the behavior of both physicians and the employees of Valley Preferred clients," continues Dr. Lenhart. "The goal of the program is to impact positively on the value of care."

"As health care costs continue to rise, we must help people live healthier lives, and this responsibility lies with all of us - consumers, medical professionals, health insurance providers and employers," says Gregory Kile, executive director and CEO of Valley Preferred. "Our payer partners--23 contracted health insurance companies who work with us to make a difference--understand that better overall community health results can only be improved by working closely with the medical community. Our disease management and wellness programs are the core strategies utilized by our physicians and employers to make a significant difference for patients every day."

Employers may choose from several health benefit plan designs including offering health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs). Also, employees have the lowest overall out-of pocket expenses when accessing 18 hospitals throughout 11 counties in eastern Pennsylvania and more than 3,600 physicians and health care professionals featured in the Valley Preferred network. Enrollees realize out-of-pocket cost savings by seeking care within this Eastern Pennsylvania network.

"I enjoy Valley Preferred's spirit of innovation, their ability to think outside the box," notes Thomas Pappas, president and C
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