InterStudy Publications, a division of Decision Resources that specializes in the managed care industry, announces the release of The PPO Directory and Performance Report 4.0, which finds a rise, albeit slight, in preferred provider organization (PPO) enrollment. According to the most recent PPO covered-lives data, this growth is lead by the national managed care firms Anthem, Inc., CIGNA Health Care, Inc. and UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

"Adding 2.5 million lives and nearly doubling in size, Anthem, Inc., reported the most rapid growth resulting from acquiring other PPOs and surges in covered lives in Kentucky and Ohio," said Rebecca Waller, PPO project manager for InterStudy Publications.

The PPO Directory and Performance Report 4.0 includes a brief examination of consumer-driven health plans and a more detailed look at the new PPO Medicare Demonstration Project. Both of these efforts have the potential to affect the health and growth of individual PPOs as well as the entire PPO market.

With data as of December 31, 2002, The PPO Directory and Performance Report 4.0 includes covered lives; PPO industry data trends; employer group, physician network, and contact information specific to the profiled 694 PPOs; and pharmacy benefit management information.

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 has provided strategic information services for 30 years, 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 

SOURCE: Decision Resources

CONTACT: Meg Schmidt of InterStudy Publications, +1-800-844-3351,
mschmidt@interstudypublications.com; or Elizabeth Marshall of Decision
Resources, +1-781-296-2563, emarshall@dresources.com

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