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Matria Healthcare Announces a Complete Solution to Identify and Close Care Gaps, Enhance Outcomes.

New Product to Reduce Healthcare Costs Though Better Utilization of Screenings, Preventive Measures and Other Recommended Treatment

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Matria Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: MATR) a leading provider of comprehensive health enhancement solutions to health plans, employers and government agencies, today announces the release of Physician-Patient Care Alerts, the latest addition to its portfolio of wellness, productivity and disease management solutions. Physician-Patient Care Alerts identify care gaps within a population and then notify physicians of these gaps, thus improving compliance, care quality and clinical outcomes, thereby reducing healthcare costs.

Physician-Patient Care Alerts leverage Matria's electronic health records and industry-leading informatics capabilities to:

* Screen proactively for care gaps by analyzing medical, pharmacy, laboratory and other pertinent claims data.

* Notify physicians of a broad range of critical care gaps, including sub-optimal and duplicate therapies, drug noncompliance, early therapy discontinuation and missing screening/preventive measures.

As reported in the National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report, both released in 2006 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the Department of Health & Human Services, providers are missing important chances to help Americans avoid disease and costly complications. Physician-Patient Care Alerts is a unique and comprehensive solution designed to close costly care gaps.

"Health plans and employers are increasingly looking for solutions to further enable physicians to improve patient outcomes," says Richard M. Hassett, M.D., president and chief operating officer. "Physician-Patient Care Alerts provide a cost-effective way to effectively notify physicians about care gaps across an entire population. Combined with our other integrated health enhancement solutions, Physician-Patient Care Alerts will enable physicians to improve the health of their patients."

Results show that in a single year, Physician-Patient Care Alerts can identify 250,000 care gaps in populations of one million participants, with a higher incidence in elderly populations. Applied to millions of individuals nationwide, the program can significantly reduce noncompliance, potentially reducing serious and costly health consequences typically absorbed by health plans and employers.

The National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report both state that the use of preventive care and screenings lags significantly behind other healthcare gains. For example, only about 52 percent of adults reported receiving recommended colorectal cancer screenings - when about 56,000 Americans die from colorectal cancer each year, more lives than are lost to breast cancer and AIDS combined.

The full reports can be accessed at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/nhqr06/nhqr06.htm and http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/nhdr06/nhdr06.htm. For more information about Physician-Patient Care Alerts, contact Scott McClintock at 770/767-4500.

ABOUT MATRIA HEALTHCARE

Matria Healthcare is a leading provider of comprehensive health enhancement solutions to health plans, employers and government agencies. Matria manages major chronic diseases and episodic conditions, including diabetes, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high-risk obstetrics, cancer, chronic pain, depression, and obesity. The company also delivers programs that address wellness, healthy living, productivity improvement, and patient advocacy. Headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, Matria operates through nearly 50 offices around the United States. More information about Matria can be found online at www.matria.com.
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