InterStudy Publications, a division of Decision Resources, announces the release of The Interstudy PPO Directory and Performance Report 3.0. The PPO Directory and Performance Report, with data as of December 31, 2001, includes covered lives, physician network and contact information for 696 PPOs. Also included is an analysis of the reported PPO data. Trends in the industry regarding covered lives, physician networks, employer group contracts, accreditation, pharmacy benefit management, the bearing of risk and other services offered are presented.

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According to data reported to InterStudy Publications as part of the most recent National PPO Census, the estimated presence of PPOs in the health care insurance market continues to grow. An increase in covered lives of 6.9% was reported by responding PPOs between December 31, 2000 and December 31, 2001.

"BlueCross and BlueShield affiliated plans and independent firms experienced the largest increase," said Rebecca Waller, research specialist for InterStudy Publications. "Surprisingly, national managed care firms experienced an overall decrease in covered lives between year-end 2000 and year-end 2001."

The PPO Directory and Performance Report 3.0 is available to purchase from InterStudy for $600. Call 1-800-844-3351 or visit www.interstudypublications.com to order.

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, assessing international pharmaceutical and health care industry trends. Visit Decision Resources at www.dresources.com.

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

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