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The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans Wins Health Plan of the Year with QCSI Technology.

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PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2003

Taft-Hartley Plan Wins Health Plan of the Year

Award for Innovative Use of Microsoft Technology

Quality Care Solutions, Inc. (QCSI(R)), a leading provider of information technology software and services for healthcare payers, announced today that its long-term client, The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans won the Health Plan of the Year award from the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG).

The winner was announced at the 2003 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference on February 11, 2003, in San Diego.

"It is an achievement to be recognized by Microsoft and the Microsoft Healthcare User Group as a technology leader in the health plan industry," said Anwar Abbas, CIO for The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans. "Since our implementation of QCSI's QMACS payer solution and Microsoft technology, we have saved over 1 million dollars and doubled the efficiency of our claims staff."

The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans are trust funds established by collective bargaining agreements between many of the unions and employers in the motion picture production industry. The Health Plan of the Year award is presented to a leading health plan that best employs Microsoft technology to provide tangible business benefits to its organization.

"As a client, The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans is transforming their health plan technology and the way it processes information," said Dave Engert, CEO for QCSI. "Their deployment of QMACS and Microsoft technology is the winning combination to automate their business processes while improving participant loyalty and delivering solid bottom line results."

QMACS, a three-time winner of the Industry Solutions for Healthcare award by Microsoft Healthcare User Group, is a comprehensive technology solution that automates claims and business processes and reduces the overall time and costs associated with healthcare administration. The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans uses QMACS to process its claims in a 100% homogenous Microsoft environment, using over 15 separate Microsoft products.

"The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans has implemented truly innovative Microsoft and QCSI technology with advanced functionality and performance," said David Lubinski, General Manager, Healthcare Industry Solutions Group at Microsoft. "They have consistently and positively impacted their bottom line with technology that empowers their organization to automate claims processing and boost productivity, all for a lower total cost of ownership."

About QCSI

QCSI is the leading healthcare payer solution provider offering advanced technology and services. Providing safe solutions since 1994, QCSI maintains a growing customer base that serves more than 10 million members nationwide. QCSI enables health plans to reduce costs, improve customer service, increase profitability, expand market share and prepare for government regulations, including HIPAA. QCSI's rapid growth is a testament to its commitment to quality and reliability, partnerships with industry leaders such as Microsoft, HP and Unisys, and innovative use of advanced technologies to meet customer needs. QCSI's award-winning software and healthcare payer applications include QMACS, aQDen, aQHealth, aQTrans, and aQServ. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, QCSI can be contacted at 888-940-6432 or info@qcsi.com, or visit our Web site at www.qcsi.com for more information.

QMACS, aQDen, aQServ, aQHealth and QCSI are registered trademarks of QCSI. Patent Pending. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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