InterStudy Publications, a division of Decision Resources specializing in managed care research and analyses, announces the release of The PPO County Estimator Database 3.0. This database is a unique set of PPO information that enables users to access key strategic planning information. The PPO County Estimator database provides a county level look into the PPO market that was never attainable before.

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"By using the county level PPO data on covered lives and penetration rates, an organization's efforts to contract, expand, or sell can be focused on specific sets of counties or on specific PPOs," said Rebecca Waller, research specialist at InterStudy.

The PPO County Estimator contains covered lives data from over 86% of surveyed PPOs. The county PPO estimation process begins with the most accurate data available from any source, the county population statistics and HMO market shares from the InterStudy HMO County Surveyor (a HMO county level product offered by InterStudy). By combining the PPO County Estimator and the HMO County Surveyor, it will provide the most comprehensive representation of multi-line managed care firms on the market today.

"Using county level PPO data with county level HMO data gives a more complete picture of managed care penetration and managed care organization dominance in an area," continued Ms. Waller. "Dominant organizations can now be identified based on their total managed care presence in an area, not just based on one major managed care product."

About InterStudy Publications

InterStudy Publications, a division of Decision Resources, offers data, directories, and analyses of the ever-evolving managed care industry. InterStudy tracks changes and trends in HMO and PPO services, enrollment, and profitability. Visit InterStudy Publications at www.interstudypublications.com.

About Decision Resources

Decision Resources, Inc. is a world leader in research publications, advisory services, and consulting designed to help clients shape strategy, allocate resources, and master their chosen markets. The company provides strategic information services and assesses international pharmaceutical and health care industry trends. Visit Decision Resources at www.decisionresources.com.

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  For more information, contact:    Meg Schmidt                             Elizabeth Marshall    InterStudy Publications                 Decision Resources    1-800-844-3351                          781-296-2563    mschmidt@interstudypublications.com     emarshall@dresources.com 

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CONTACT: Meg Schmidt of InterStudy Publications, +1-800-844-3351,
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