HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care industry intelligence, finds that new products, solid underwriting, and good medical management kept most Georgia HMOs in the black in 2004. According to the latest issue of Georgia and Alabama Health Plan Analysis from HealthLeaders-InterStudy, Georgia health plans showed an average 2.3 percent profit margin.

"CIGNA HealthCare of Georgia showed the most impressive results, with a 9.4 percent margin," said Jan Shuxteau, HealthLeaders-InterStudy analyst. "That high number is probably not repeatable, but they are showing good results from their new consumer-driven health plans."

The four top-earning HMOs in the state were Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, UnitedHealthcare of Georgia, the Kaiser Foundation, and Coventry Health Care of Georgia Inc.

  Other health plan news in Georgia and Alabama:    * In an attempt to control state employee healthcare costs, Georgia      imposed a steep drug co-payment tier structure and a surcharge on      tobacco users    * HealthSpring of Alabama found that a pay-for-performance program aimed      primarily at chronic diseases faced by the Medicare population      successfully reduced costs while improving quality    * Kaiser Permanente of Georgia plans to convert each of its 12 medical      centers to electronic medical records by January 2006    * All three Alabama HMOs were profitable in 2004    About HealthLeaders-InterStudy 

HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a newly formed company of Decision Resources, Inc. (http://www.decisionresources.com/), is the authoritative source for managed care data, analysis, and news. For more information, please visit both Web sites at http://www.healthleaders.com/ and http://www.interstudypublications.com/.

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  For more information, contact:     Alex Jablokow    Decision Resources    781-296-2562    ajablokow@dresources.com 

SOURCE: Decision Resources, Inc.

CONTACT: Alex Jablokow of Decision Resources, +1-781-296-2562,
ajablokow@dresources.com

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