Access MediQuip and WellPoint Finalize First National Contract for Implantable Medical Devices

Saturday, December 13, 2008 General News
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HOUSTON, Dec. 12 Access MediQuip, LLC, the nation's firstand largest provider of outsourced medical implantable device managementsolutions to the healthcare industry, announced today that it has completedthe industry's first national contract for device benefit management services.The company has signed an agreement with WellPoint, Inc. to deliverimplantable device management solutions to the health insurance company'smembers nationwide, after successfully completing a pilot program that beganlast year.

Under the agreement, Access MediQuip will provide device benefitmanagement(TM) (DBM) services to WellPoint members, including insuranceauthorization, logistics management, and claims processing for orthopedic,spinal, pain management and other implants. These services, which will beoffered through contracted healthcare providers and facilities, will helpreduce the costs associated with implantable devices, as well as increasetheir accessibility to Wellpoint's members.

"We are pleased to formalize our relationship with WellPoint and lookforward to expanding the success of our pilot program nationwide," said BillCramer, the founder of Access MediQuip. "Together with WellPoint, we havedeveloped an innovative solution to manage the growing challenge of device-related claims. Our partnership with WellPoint is a revolutionary step forthe healthcare industry."

Founded in 1997, Access MediQuip specializes in insurance authorization,inventory management, equipment procurement and claims processing for medicalimplantable devices, such as orthopedic, spinal, and pain management implants.During the past 10 years, the company has built a database of implantablemedical device claim information to provide device manufacturers, providersand payors with comprehensive insight into industry trends.

About Access MediQuip

Access MediQuip is the nation's first and largest provider of outsourcedimplantable device management solutions. The company works with thousands ofmanufacturers, payors and providers to manage the acquisition, financing,delivery and reimbursement of implantable devices, such as orthopedic andspinal implants and implantable drug pumps. Founded in 1997, the company isheadquartered in Houston and employs approximately 150 associates. For moreinformation, please visit http://www.accessmediquip.com.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of medicalmembership in the United States. WellPoint is an independent licensee of theBlue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the BlueCross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee forColorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as theBlue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan andsurrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licenseein selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the NorthernVirginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare.Additional information about WellPoint is available athttp://www.wellpoint.com.Media Contact: Lindsey Turner 713-985-4850, lturner@accessmediquip.com

SOURCE Access MediQuip


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