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Winners of Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards to be Announced at Conference

Keynote addresses by Linda Ellerbee, award-winning journalist/television producer; and Michael Roizen, MD, bestselling author and co-founder and chairman, RealAge, Inc.

ORLANDO, Fla., March 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by URAC:

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WHO: URAC, the Washington, D.C.-based independent accreditor which offers more than 20 accreditation and certification programs along the continuum of care. Currently URAC accredits more than 400 health care management organizations operating in all 50 states.

WHAT: The first-ever comprehensive awards competition and conference spotlighting health plans, pharmacy benefit management companies, health information technology companies and health care management companies that are actively pursuing practices to advance consumer empowerment and protection in an exceptional, measurable and reproducible way.

WHEN: March 25-26, 2008.

WHERE: Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32819.

SPEAKERS: Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Award winners will present their programs in educational sessions. Keynote addresses by Linda Ellerbee, award- winning journalist/television producer; and Michael Roizen M.D., bestselling author and co-founder & chairman, RealAge, Inc.

AWARD FINALISTS will be honored at a black tie gala Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Winners of the Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards will be announced at this event.

AWARD FINALISTS ARE: ActiveHealth Management; Aetna, Inc.; American Specialty Health, Inc.; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas; BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City; Department of Veterans Affairs; Eli Lilly and Company; Express Scripts; FONEMED; INSPIRIS; Martin's Point Health Care; Medco Health Solutions, Inc.; MemberHealth, LLC; Molina Healthcare of Washington; OptumHealth; ParadigmHealth; Prescription Solutions; PsycHealth, Ltd.; and Sensei, Inc., a Humana Joint Venture.

BACKGROUND: URAC's 2008 Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards, Conference & Exhibit was developed to honor the achievements of health care management companies that are leading the industry in engaging consumers as partners. The program was designed to both recognize innovative leadership in consumer-focused health care management activities, and then to shine a spotlight on the attributes of those programs that make them successful through this content-rich conference and exhibit.


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