Milliman Care Guidelines Offers National Client Award for Healthcare Leadership

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 General News
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SEATTLE, July 22 Milliman Care Guidelines LLC, A MillimanCompany, has established an award for clients who are using the company'sevidence-based clinical guidelines and software to improve healthcaredelivery.

The company will name the first recipients of The Richard L. Doyle Awardfor Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare during its next Client Forum,April 2009, in Miami. Dr. Doyle developed the first Milliman CareGuidelines(R) products in 1990.

The Care Guidelines were the first clinical guidelines to offer aproactive, "look-ahead," approach to most conditions, allowing clinicians tosee the entire continuum of care for a patient, and to identify milestonesalong the road to recovery. Today, Care Guidelines products and software arelicensed by more than 1,000 clients, including six of the seven largest UShealth plans, as they strive to deliver optimal care to their patients andmembers.

The Doyle Award is intended to encourage clients to develop innovativeways to apply the Care Guidelines to improve healthcare management.Applicants are asked to demonstrate the positive effects of the CareGuidelines on healthcare quality or patient safety; on patient, member, payoror external quality agency satisfaction; on staff efficiency, or on healthcarecost.

The grand prize winner will receive two paid registrations to the ClientForum, including travel and lodging, and their accomplishments will berecognized in an opening-day plenary session. The organization will receive acrystal trophy for display, and Milliman Care Guidelines will host a receptionfor client employees at the winner's location. All applicants will have theoption to describe their work and share best practices in a general postersession during the Client Forum.

Doyle Award applications will be judged by a panel of healthcare expertswho are familiar with the Care Guidelines, but are independent of Milliman.Judges include:

-- Leah Binder, Chief Executive Officer of The Leapfrog Group

-- Dr. Richard L. Doyle, Originator of the Milliman Care Guidelines(retired)

Licensed users of the Care Guidelines may contact Milliman representativesor visit The Doyle Award web page at forapplication details.

About Richard L. Doyle, MD

Dr. Doyle is the visionary behind the Milliman Care Guidelines. He begancreating clinical guidelines as San Diego's Mercy Hospital Chief of Staff inthe 1980s to help improve hospital efficiency and quality. In 1990, Dr. Doylejoined Milliman (then Milliman & Robertson) to publish the company's firstclinical guidelines, then called Healthcare Management Guidelines. Beforeretiring in 1997, he had produced the original editions of four of the CareGuidelines products currently in use.

About Milliman Care Guidelines

Milliman Care Guidelines LLC, A Milliman Company, is located in Seattle,and independently develops and produces evidence-based clinical guidelines anda variety of software options that are used to support the care of almosttwo-thirds of US health plan members. Covering the continuum of care, theseven-product Care Guidelines series is updated annually by an experiencedteam of clinicians, and includes Ambulatory Care, Inpatient and Surgical Care,General Recovery Guidelines, Recovery Facility Care, Home Care, Chronic CareGuidelines and Behavioral Health Guidelines. For more information,

About Milliman

Milliman Care Guidelines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Milliman, whichserves the full spectrum of business, financial, government, and unionorganizations. Founded in 1947 as Milliman & Robertson, the company has 48offices in principal cities in the United States and worldwide. Millimanemploys more than 2,000 people, including a professional staff of more than900 qualified consultants and actuaries.

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