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U.S. Preventive Medicine Acquires Specialty Disease Management

DALLAS, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Preventive Medicine(R) ( a company organizing and commercializing the market for proactive preventive health services, announced today the acquisition of Specialty Disease Management Services, Inc., a national provider of chronic condition and health management services based in Jacksonville, Fla. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The addition of Specialty Disease Management's leading-edge care management programs will enable U.S. Preventive Medicine to continue the expansion of its national network of integrated services and methodologies in the areas of preventive services, health benefits and chronic and complex disease management. To meet consumers and government demand for a larger focus on preventive medicine, U.S. Preventive Medicine is building a national brand of healthcare solutions by partnering with physicians, health systems, academic medical centers, government agencies and employers.

"We believe that current outcomes can be enhanced through the implementation of clinically proven preventive and care management solutions. Specialty Disease Management has developed a unique model for disease management that complements U.S. Preventive Medicine's prevention delivery capabilities," said Brian Baum, President and COO of U.S. Preventive Medicine. "We have a strong history and working relationship with Specialty Disease Management's team in achieving successful healthcare solutions. The combination of a proven team along with the delivery of personalized preventive health and comprehensive care management will allow us to offer the highest level of value."

Specialty Disease Management Services' business model, proven in government and commercial markets, incorporates highly trained clinical staff working with patients and their physicians over the phone and in the community. Their programs include: patient and physician education; individualized care plans; clinical data gathering and analysis; and outcomes reporting. The company has been awarded numerous contracts throughout the nation and has branded several technology products to improve effectiveness and provide a competitive distinction in a quickly growing industry.

"Specialty Disease Management has proven that it can reduce health expenditures and improve clinical outcomes for people with chronic diseases -- our intent is to cover the full spectrum of care management," said Fred Goldstein, Founder, President and CEO of Specialty Disease Management. "With the national brand presence of U.S. Preventive Medicine, we can expand the scope and value of our services to a larger percent of the U.S. and international populations.

Specialty Disease Management Services contracts with employers, health plans, self insured organizations, third party administration organizations, integrated delivery organizations, physician practices and others to provide services for complex diseases that include asthma, diabetes, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, heart failure, obesity, depression and schizophrenia.

By providing practical solutions at every point in the healthcare continuum of an individual's life, U.S. Preventive Medicine will have a complete toolkit to offer employers, government agencies and consumers -- regardless of where they reside. The company licenses its proprietary methodology, technology and branding assets to a health provider, which operates a local point-of-care -- The Center for Preventive Medicine(R) -- in a geographic territory on an exclusive basis. Individually, The Center for Preventive Medicine delivers a consistent suite of prevention services; collectively, Centers across the country form the U.S. Prevention Network(TM). The company also is launching The Prevention Plan(R), a groundbreaking defined health benefit for individuals and employers, set for release in 2008.

About U.S. Preventive Medicine:

U.S. Preventive Medicine(R), a privately owned company, is organizing and commercializing the market for proactive preventive health services in partnership with established hospitals and physician groups. The Company licenses its proprietary methodology, technology and branding assets to a health provider, which operates a local point-of-care -- The Center for Preventive Medicine(R) -- in a geographic territory on an exclusive basis. Individually, The Center for Preventive Medicine delivers a consistent suite of prevention services; collectively, Centers across the country form The U.S. Prevention Network.

U.S. Preventive Medicine and/or The Center for Preventive Medicine do not themselves provide physician or professional services. All physician services are provided by independent practitioners exercising independent professional medical judgment. In addition, U.S. Preventive Medicine and/or The Center for Preventive Medicine do not interfere with or regulate the private physician- patient relationship. This document neither offers for sale nor solicits offers to purchase a franchise or investment unit in a Center for Preventive Medicine or any other security.

About Specialty Disease Management Services:

Specialty Disease Management Services delivers a unique client-based model of care coordination to improve the health of persons who suffer from chronic diseases. The company's core service, highly trained community based nurse care managers, has been developed to maximize the benefits of care coordination and to complement all aspects of disease management programs. This includes a commitment to physician-directed care, utilization of nationally recognized clinical guidelines, understanding of the social and lifestyle determinants of health and employing supportive information technology that drives measurable outcomes. Specialty Disease Management's field-based program has been applied to persons with asthma, diabetes, heart failure, HIV/AIDS, COPD, high risk pregnancy, and for persons with schizophrenia and their associated medical co-morbidities.

Specialty Disease Management was organized in 1997 by health professionals who recognized the value in coordinating care to serve people with chronic diseases. Based in Florida and contracted in six other states, Specialty Disease Management's experience offers numerous assets that are recognized for their unique contribution to disease management programs.


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