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TriWest Earns Expanded URAC Accreditation

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 General News J E 4
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PHOENIX, Feb. 5 TriWest Healthcare Alliance announcedtoday that it has earned URAC accreditation for its Health Care ServicesUtilization Management and Case Management operations at the company's fivehub offices in Colorado Springs, Honolulu, Mountain, San Diego and Tacoma,which expands the company's excellence standards beyond its corporateheadquarters.

URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization,establishes quality standards reflective of best practices for the health careindustry. Accreditation serves as a symbol of excellence. The accreditationstandards establish key quality benchmarks for core business practices andmanaged care programs including network management, provider credentialing,utilization management, quality management and improvement, diseasemanagement, consumer protection and confidentiality.

"Extending our URAC accreditation beyond our Phoenix headquarters to allof our Hub offices ensures that TriWest has achieved a consistent operationalstandard of excellence throughout our entire organization," stated TriWestPresident and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. "This validates that TriWest isdelivering uniformly effective and efficient health care services across theenterprise and is providing high-quality care services in every corner of theTRICARE West Region we serve."

"We commend TriWest for meeting URAC's strict quality standards," saidURAC Board Chair Robert L. Crocker. "It is critically important for healthcare organizations to make a commitment to quality and accountability. URACaccreditation is a demonstration of that commitment."

TriWest received URAC Health Network Accreditation for Case Management,Disease Management and Utilization Management in April 2007 and for URACProvider Network Accreditation in 2005.

TriWest is the U.S. Department of Defense's contractor for management ofthe TRICARE health entitlement program available to active duty militarymembers, their families, retirees and retirees' families. When health carecannot be provided at a military installation, TriWest connects families withan extensive network of more than 129,000 community physicians, hospitals andother health care providers.

URAC, an independent, nonprofit corporation, is a leader in promotinghealth care quality through accreditation and certification programs. URAC'sstandards keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, andprovide a mark of distinction for health care organizations to demonstratetheir commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-basedgovernance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URACensures that all stakeholders are represented in setting meaningful standardsfor the health care industry. For more information, visit http://www.urac.org.

About TriWest

TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners with the Department of Defense to do"Whatever It Takes" to support the health care needs of 2.9 million members ofAmerica's military family. A Phoenix-based corporation, TriWest providesaccess to cost-effective, high-quality health care in the 21-state TRICAREWest Region, the 2007 TRICARE Region of the year. TriWest is a proud CorporateTeam Member of America Supports You. Visit http://www.triwest.com for moreinformation.

SOURCE TriWest Healthcare Alliance
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