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UNITED HEALTHCARE'S PRESCRIPTION DRUG MANAGEMENT COMPANY AND HEALTHCARE COMPARE ENTER JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT

 -- HealthCare COMPARE Medical Review Programs
 and The AFFORDABLE Medical Networks to be Integrated
 With Diversified Pharmaceutical Services Programs --
 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. and DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- United HealthCare Corp. ("UHC") (NYSE: UNH) and HealthCare COMPARE Corp. ("COMPARE") (NASDAQ: HCCC) announced that UHC's prescription drug management subsidiary, Diversified Pharmaceutical Services ("Diversified"), has entered into an agreement with COMPARE to integrate Diversified's prescription drug management services with COMPARE's
Medical Review Programs and The AFFORDABLE Medical Networks. The agreement was effective June 25, 1993. Terms were not disclosed.
 Diversified delivers clinically based prescription management services to employers, insurance companies, HMOs and managed care organizations. Diversified services, including clinical management expertise, drug use evaluation services, on-line claims processing, formulary management and its national network of pharmacies, will be integrated with COMPARE's Medical Networks and offered to clients as the COMPARE Managed Pharmacy Program. James C. Smith, HealthCare COMPARE president and chief executive officer, said, "By teaming with Diversified, we expect to compliment our strategy by building on relationships we have with medical providers and payors through our integrated approach to medical and pharmaceutical management."
 HealthCare COMPARE's Managed Pharmacy Program includes drug use evaluations and review, on-line pharmacy claims processing, a national network of retail and mail service pharmacies, the AFFORDABLE Drug Formulary, COMPARE Medical Case Identification and Management as well as ongoing management and performance monitoring of AFFORDABLE Medical Network providers.
 "The positive impact of integrating pharmacy management services into The AFFORDABLE Medical Networks reaches far beyond the cost of prescription drugs. Effective pharmaceutical management also will affect the costs of ambulatory care, hospitalizations and other medical services," said Travers Wills, Diversified chief executive officer. "The opportunity to share Diversified's networks, data and outcomes research with HealthCare COMPARE is key in providing a complete approach to the appropriate management of health care services and costs."
 HealthCare COMPARE Corp. is America's leading independent provider of medical cost management services and offers the most comprehensive managed care programs available. COMPARE provides utilization management (COMPARE Medical Review Programs), computer assisted bill review and pricing services (OUCH Systems) and negotiation of fixed price contracts with medical providers to develop and maintain preferred provider networks (The AFFORDABLE Medical Networks) for the exclusive use of its clients.
 United HealthCare Corp. is a national leader in health care management, serving purchasers, users, managers and providers of health care since 1974. The company offers a broad range of products through 20 locally based health plans and 9 non-geographically bounded specialty care management companies. The company's services include: HMOs; PPOs; health plan management; pharmaceutical cost management; managed mental health and substance abuse services; utilization management; workers' compensation/casualty services; specialized provider networks; employee assistance services; Medicare and managed care programs for the aged; health care evaluation services; information systems; and administrative services.
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 /CONTACT: David Koppe, vice president, treasurer & controller, 612-939-7760, or Susan Busch, manager, public relations & marketing communications, 612-936-7347, both for United Healthcare, or James C. Smith, president and CEO, or Joseph E. Whitters, chief financial officer, 708-241-7900, for Healthcare COMPARE Corp./
 (UNH HCCC)


CO: United Healthcare Corp.; Healthcare COMPARE Corp. ST: Minnesota IN: HEA SU: JVT

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