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ValueOptions(R) Enters Agreement with CareIntegra to Provide Integrated Health Services

Thursday, January 8, 2009 General News J E 4
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NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 7 ValueOptions(R), Inc., the nation's largest independent behavioral health care company, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with CareIntegra to provide enhanced integrated health care solutions as part of its core product offerings.



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Under the terms of the contract, CareIntegra and ValueOptions(R) will collaborate to develop and conduct a series of Web-based integrated health training modules for providers and care managers. The training modules will increase knowledge regarding the psychological components of medical illness, as well as facilitate recognition of medical conditions often associated with psychiatric symptoms. Additional benefits from the training include:





CareIntegra will also provide integrated care consulting services for ValueOptions(R) leadership and client organizations. This will benefit ValueOptions(R) through enhanced opportunities to implement successful evidence-based strategies, such as:





"ValueOptions(R) and CareIntegra agree that in the current health care climate, organizations are challenged because behavioral health conditions increase the overall health risk associated with various physical health diseases. Increases in medical costs are inherently tied to behavioral health risks," states Barbara Hill, CEO of ValueOptions(R). "Our position is that behavioral health interventions can actually reduce health care costs and help people achieve improved outcomes for chronic health conditions."



"Our Board Chair, Nicholas Cummings, Ph.D., proved years ago that behavioral health tactics in the health care system work for the patient, the physician and the economy," states William O'Donohue, Ph.D., CEO of CareIntegra. "Our model has evolved to one where we consistently achieve remarkable economic and clinical outcomes."



About ValueOptions(R), Inc.

ValueOptions(R), Inc., the nation's largest independent behavioral health and wellness company, provides services to more than 23 million individuals through a variety of contracts with state and county agencies and, additionally, with health plans and employers. ValueOptions(R) is a national behavioral health and wellness company that specializes in management for all behavioral health issues and promotes health and wellness through innovative programs. ValueOptions(R) mission is to improve the health and wellness for the people it serves.



About CareIntegra

CareIntegra is the registered trademark and business name for the University Alliance for Behavioral Care (U/ABC), incorporated in 1999 in the State of Nevada by a group of visionary investors led by Dr. Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D. Its mission is to enable health systems to achieve optimal integration of behavioral health into medical care.

-- Increased coordination, collaboration and shared expertise among treatment providers who currently specialize in medical or behavioral health -- Improved care management of members with co-morbid physical and behavioral health conditions -- More efficient and effective services, leading to decreased overall health care costs and improved member outcomes

SOURCE ValueOptions, Inc.
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