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LifeMasters Receives Full URAC Disease Management Accreditation
Date:1/10/2008

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc., a national provider of disease management services, announced today that it has been awarded Full Disease Management Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

"At LifeMasters, we take quality and measurement very seriously. This national accreditation validates LifeMasters' clinical depth, proven outcomes and passion to deliver high-quality disease management and health improvement programs to our clients and participants," said Christobel Selecky, CEO of LifeMasters. "I am very proud of the high marks we received from URAC and we are honored to receive this three-year re-accreditation."

LifeMasters health improvement programs improve quality of life for people with risk factors and chronic conditions, reduce healthcare cost trends for payors, and provide decision-support tools and information for physicians.

"By applying for and receiving Disease Management accreditation, LifeMasters has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. "Quality health care is crucial to our nation's welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards."

URAC's Disease Management Accreditation standards promote evidence-based practice, collaborative relationships with providers, consumer education and shared-decision making with consumers. These standards apply to all types of organizations providing services for individuals with chronic illnesses, including health plans, stand-alone disease management organizations and medical management organizations.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation and certification programs. URAC's standards keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a mark of distinction for health care organizations to demonstrate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in setting meaningful standards for the health care industry. For more information, visit http://www.urac.org.

About LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc.

LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc. is a leading provider of health improvement and disease management programs and services that create health partnerships among individuals, their physicians and payors. Its mission is to empower individuals to achieve and maintain optimal health. The programs improve quality of life for people with risk factors and chronic conditions, reduce healthcare cost trends for payors and provide decision-support tools and information for physicians. LifeMasters offers programs for individuals with diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypertension and asthma (all of which are fully accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and URAC), cancer, metabolic syndrome and musculo-skeletal pain. LifeMasters' programs are holistically focused, support co-morbidities such as depression and facilitate lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation and weight loss. LifeMasters provides services to over 650,000 people throughout the nation.

Founded in 1994 by a physician, LifeMasters works with some of the nation's leading health plans, employers, retirement systems and governmental organizations, including Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, and Presbyterian Health Services in New Mexico. More information about LifeMasters can be found at http://www.lifemasters.com or by calling 1-800-777-1307.

Barbara Gideon

(650) 829-5287

bgideon@lifemasters.com


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