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SpineMark Partners With Healthplace America to Offer Access to Top Quality Spinal Care
Date:1/30/2009

SAN DIEGO and LISLE, Ill., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SpineMark Corporation, a spinal care services organization that partners with hospitals and physicians to develop Spine Centers of Excellence, has entered into a partnership with Healthplace America to deliver high quality spinal care at cost effective rates through the first -- and only -- comprehensive Surgery Benefit Management solution, the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM). As a result of their affiliation, American patients will receive access to specialized spine centers committed to transparency, quality, protocol-driven care and continuous quality improvement for the treatment of spinal and orthopedic conditions.

"The comprehensive, evolving nature of spinal care coupled with today's demand, led us to seek out a partner who could provide high quality spinal care under a protocol-driven, outcomes based integrated delivery system," said Ken Erickson, Healthplace America founder and CEO. "SpineMark's model is the perfect complement to our network of spinal and orthopedic care."

A pilot program involving three sites was launched in January 2009, allowing both companies to measure the success of the program. All Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) members will have access to SpineMark's Centers of Excellence facilities.

The Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) is an easy addition to any existing employer health plan, providing members access to world-class U.S. healthcare facilities and surgeons who offer low, fixed-rate pricing for the opportunity to increase their patient database. As a result, employers realize up to 30 to 50 percent savings on major medical procedures -- such as heart surgery, joint replacement, spine surgery, cancer care, bariatric surgery and more -- while reducing re-admission and re-operations through high quality outcomes the first time around. Additional cost savings are received by eliminating unnecessary procedures through our unique Expert Opinion Program(TM), included in the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM).* What's more, greater predictability in expense forecasting is finally achieved in knowing the total cost of a claim prior to surgery.

With the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM), most health plan members share in the savings through elimination of co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance (all while receiving a superior quality of medical care)! And in many cases, members receive a Cash Recovery Benefit(TM), which translates into significant personal out-of-pocket savings.*

What's more, members receive personalized attention from a dedicated Personal Care Coordinator to guide them throughout the entire surgical process. Plus, domestic travel and upscale lodging accommodations for two are provided at no additional cost.

"I believe we are going to see more and more employers investing in the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) to support their employees and plan members by providing access to alternative treatment options that reduce costs without compromising the quality of care received," said SpineMark President and CEO, Marcy T. Rogers, M. Ed.

About SpineMark

SpineMark is an innovative service organization dedicated to transforming the delivery of spinal care. The company partners with hospitals and physicians across the United States and abroad to develop and operate comprehensive, evidence-based centers of excellence. By building a global network of spine centers, spine research organizations and state-of-the-art medical conference facilities, SpineMark strives to improve the overall quality of life of patients afflicted with spine disorders and injuries.

Driven by the specialized experience and expertise of its leadership team and medical advisory board, SpineMark's goal is to create a global network, based on clinically validated best practices for spinal care that streamline diagnosis and treatment, simplify referrals and accelerate the recovery process.

About Healthplace America:

Healthplace America was organized to provide cost, quality and experience management for the $700 billion surgery industry that has remained generally unmanaged. Healthplace America is the first -- and only -- business to design and implement a comprehensive Surgery Benefit Management solution for employer health plans through its innovative surgery package concept, the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM).

The Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM), an easy addition to any existing health plan, enables distinguished medical providers throughout the U.S. to compete to attract patients on the basis of quality measures, convenience and price.

In turn, institutional healthcare buyers and their employees gain access to high-quality medical facilities on a fixed-rate pricing basis, eliminating the cost and complexity of billing and claims adjudication for employers while finally allowing predictability in expense forecasting. Employees share in the savings as all out-of-pocket expenses are waived with the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM). Plus, each member utilizing the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) receives a Cash Recovery Benefit -- so they can focus on getting well.*

What's more, Healthplace America's all-inclusive Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) surgery "package" provides all administrative, case management, travel and logistics services, resulting in a seamless connection between patients and providers.

Healthplace America is headquartered in suburban Chicago. Learn more by visiting http://www.healthplaceamerica.com or calling toll-free at 1-877-858- 0123.

Healthplace America is funded in part by Ziegler HealthVest Partners, LP, a venture capital fund investing in early to middle-stage healthcare support services, healthcare IT and wellness.

*May vary at discretion of employer.


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