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Stephens Media LLC Partners With Healthplace America to Enhance Employee Healthcare Benefits With Quality and Savings for Surgery
Date:2/5/2009

LAS VEGAS, and LISLE, Ill., Feb 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Stephens Media LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada entered into a partnership with Healthplace America of Lisle, Illinois to deliver Surgery Benefit Management to their health plan while enhancing employee benefits with superior quality surgical care and personal savings through Healthplace America's revolutionary surgery package concept, the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM). To date, the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) is the first -- and only -- comprehensive Surgery Benefit Management solution. Thus, through this noteworthy partnership, Stephens Media Group prevails as a pioneer for the innovation healthcare has long awaited.

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.*

Additional benefits of this all-inclusive surgery "package" include the assistance of a Personal Care Coordinator(TM) (to guide each patient throughout the entire surgical process), domestic travel and upscale lodging accommodations for two and so much more!

"The integration of the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) into Stephens Media's existing health care plan will improve surgical outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and significantly lower healthcare costs for all Stephens Media employees. The idea behind the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) closely aligns with the compassionate employee-focused philosophy adopted by Stephens Media, making our partnership an excellent strategic fit," said Healthplace America CEO, Ken Erickson.

Stephens Media LLC has continuously searched for ways to decrease costs without penalizing employees. With the incorporation of the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM), they have finally succeeded, realizing a tremendous amount of savings in the very first month of offering the new benefit.

"Offering our insured the best possible care has always been a priority for Stephen's Media LLC," said Stephen's Media LLC representative, Cindy Meyers. "The Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM) eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for employees and allows for treatment by a specialist. Therefore, it is a win-win program for our employees and for us, as the employer."

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) is an easy addition to any existing employer health plan, delivering significant cost savings and predictability to employers while enhancing employee benefits with superior quality surgery packages and personal savings.

With the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM), members gain access to distinguished U.S. healthcare facilities and surgeons who compete to attract patients on the basis of quality measures, convenience and price.

As a result, employers receive low, fixed-rate pricing, realizing up to 30 to 50 percent savings on major medical procedures -- such as heart surgery, joint replacement, spine surgery, cancer care, bariatric surgery, women's health and more* -- while reducing re-admission and re-operations through high quality outcomes the first time around.

Additional employer savings are achieved by avoiding unnecessary procedures via Healthplace America's unique Expert Opinion Program(TM), in which top-quality providers conduct objective case reviews on all surgery diagnoses.

What's more, fixed rate pricing eliminates the cost and complexity of billing and claims adjudication for employers while finally allowing predictability in expense forecasting.

With the Healthplace Surgery Benefit(TM), employees share in the savings by paying little to no out-of-pocket expenses. And in most cases, patients are privy to a Cash Recovery Benefit(TM) following surgery, so they can focus on getting well.*

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.

About Stephens Media LLC

Stephens Media LLC is betting on a need for news. The diversified media company publishes more than 40 newspapers in eight states including several neighborhood and specialty newspapers serving the Vegas market. In fact, Stephens Media LLC is the publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, boasting a circulation of more than 170,000. The company also runs online sites for many of its publications. Stephens Media LLC is owned by the Stephens Group, an Arkansas-based investment firm.

Learn more about Stephens Media Group by visiting http://www.stephensmedia.com or calling 702-383-0211.

* May vary at discretion of employer.


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