SHPS Partnership with The EPOCH Group

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<p><strong>Louisville, Ky. &mdash; June 12</strong><br />SHPS, a provider of health advocacy and health benefits solutions, has announced an expanded agreement with The EPOCH Group, one of the nation&rsquo;s largest third-party administrators (TPAs) for self-funded health care plans, to offer SHPS&rsquo; entire integrated care management solution to EPOCH clients. </p><p>The solution (which SHPS designed exclusively for TPAs) links utilization management, case management, disease management and wellness programs into a seamless medical management experience.<br /><br />Today, 30 percent of the U.S. population drives 80 percent of all health care costs. </p><p>To address this trend, better health management for the chronic and high-risk &mdash; and greater prevention for the well and at-risk &mdash; is needed. </p><p>By integrating SHPS&rsquo; care management programs under a single umbrella, EPOCH and its clients can now benefit from such a comprehensive approach. </p><p>The result of this integrated approach is improved outcomes, enhanced health care quality and lower costs along the entire care continuum.<br /><br />&ldquo;EPOCH&rsquo;s primary goal is superior service to our clients,&rdquo; said Paul Stucky, EPOCH president and CEO. &ldquo;By partnering with SHPS, our clients receive superior health care services, exceptional delivery and the personal touch that EPOCH provides each and every day. That&rsquo;s a win for us, a win for our clients and a win for our members.&rdquo;<br /><br />SHPS&rsquo; integrated care management solution is made up of URAC-accredited services that take a personalized approach to inpatient/outpatient review, care coordination and chronic condition management. </p><p>Since 2004, EPOCH has offered SHPS&rsquo; disease management and wellness services through EPOCH Care Management Solutions &mdash; a multifaceted approach to managing its clients&rsquo; rising health care costs. </p><p>EPOCH expanded its relationship with SHPS in January 2007 by adding utilization management and case management services.<br /><br />&ldquo;This expanded partnership is indicative of a larger health care trend: collaboration,&rdquo; said Jeff Rosenblum, SHPS executive vice president of channel solutions. &ldquo;SHPS&rsquo; integrated care management solution marries our quality clinical services with EPOCH&rsquo;s expertise in plan design and administration. That translates into lower costs and better outcomes for all involved.&rdquo;</p>

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