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WellPoint Is First Health Benefits Company to Release CER Guidelines for Use in Evaluating Pharmaceuticals
Date:5/19/2010

erall and WellPoint customers are saving money on pharmacy and medical costs for each member that uses the preferred bisphosphonates.

"This demonstrates that a good comparative effectiveness research study, along with clinical trial information and other peer-reviewed studies published in medical journals, can provide us the tools we need to help improve health outcomes and reduce costs for members of our affiliated health plans," Sweet said. "The key to building studies producing useful information is to ensure they follow medically credible and consistent guidelines. We consider this work one of many contributions WellPoint is making to health care."

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint is committed to improving the lives and health of the people and communities we serve by simplifying the connection between health, care and value. Our goal is to help shape the impact each health care decision has on individuals, the health care system at-large, and our communities. WellPoint's more than 42,000 associates work every day to help create the best health care value for our customers. Through collaborations with providers and with innovative programs, WellPoint's affiliated health plans reward healthy lifestyles and quality, safe and effective care. As the nation's largest health benefits company, with nearly 34 million members in its affiliated health plans, WellPoint is at the center of the health care system. This position provides us with the relationships and insights needed to help create affordable and actionable solutions that improve health care.

As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, C
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