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Quest Analytics Finalizes Agreement to Enhance Mercer's Ability to Assist Companies with Health Plan Selection Process

Monday, October 13, 2008 General News J E 4
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APPLETON, Wis., Oct. 13 Mercer, a leading global providerof consulting, outsourcing and investment services, and Quest Analytics,L.L.C., a software solutions firm, today announced a strategic relationshipthat is intended to enhance Mercer's ability to help companies make healthcare decisions.

Quest Analytics provides software tools and data that allow employers tocompare health plans based on a combination of access and quality. With thisnew relationship, Mercer consultants can provide a more comprehensiveevaluation of a health plan network in an effort to help employers in theirhealth plan selection process.

"While measuring access to provider networks is an important part of thehealth plan selection process, we wanted to align ourselves with tools thatallow us more functionality and can help transcend the selection process,"said Gary Bell, a principal with Mercer's health and benefits business. "Ouragreement with Quest Analytics allows us to help our customers apply all thehistoric methods of measuring network access, but also allows us to provide abridge into blending access with quality."

"For years employers have made network selections based on the number ofemployees that had access to a provider within 10 miles. Our approach providesa natural evolution to the selection process and allows employers to factor inthe impact that quality, in addition to access, has on their outgoing healthcare spending," said John Weis, co-founder of Quest Analytics. "Ourtechnology, combined with Mercer's expertise, can help control these costsefficiently. It's no longer acceptable just to understand an employee's accessto providers without factoring in quality."

About Quest Analytics

Quest Analytics, L.L.C. provides software solutions to health plans,consultants and employers to evaluate health care provider access, qualityoutcome measures and member communications. Through its software solution,customers can generate analysis comparisons on any health plan in any U.S.market. For more information, visit http://www.questanalytics.com.

About Mercer

Mercer is a leading global provider of consulting, outsourcing andinvestment services. Mercer works with clients to solve their most complexbenefit and human capital issues, designing and helping manage health,retirement and other benefits. It is a leader in benefit outsourcing. Mercer'sinvestment services include investment consulting and multi-manager investmentmanagement. Mercer's 18,000 employees are based in more than 40 countries. Thecompany is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Formore information, visit http://www.mercer.com.

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information,visit http://www.ereleases.com.Contact: Shelly Weis Quest Analytics 920.739.4552 shelly.weis@questanalytics.com http://www.questanalytics.com

SOURCE Quest Analytics, L.L.C.
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