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Blue Cross of California to Revise Physician Group Payments; Consumers to Benefit by New Focus on Quality and Patient Satisfaction.

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., July 9 /PRNewswire/ --

You are invited to Blue Cross of California's latest webcast event which will be broadcast live over the Internet on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 9 a.m., Pacific Time, with Dr. Jeff Kamil, VP, Medical Director, Medical Policy and Quality and Dr. Michael Belman, Staff VP, Medical Director of Blue Cross of California.

What: Blue Cross of California's medical directors and

representatives from Cedars Sinai and UCLA Medical Center will

hold a press conference to announce the launch of their new

physician quality initiatives encouraging physicians to focus

on quality and patient satisfaction.

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 9 a.m.

Where: http://www.videonewswire.com/BLUECROSS/071001/

How: Live over the Internet -- Simply log on to the web at the

address above

Contact: Cathy Woolfolk at (310) 204-6657 or (310) 488-6657

Blue Cross of California, an operating subsidiary of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. (NYSE: WLP), announces the introduction of a revised Quality Score Card, and with it, an innovative dimension to their relationships with HMO medical groups. The enhanced monitoring process, to be implemented immediately, will reward physician groups for improving the quality of care given to HMO patients using health outcomes and patient satisfaction information from a number of clinical and service categories. Blue Cross of California is responding to marketplace and employer/purchaser demand for HMO physician groups to be held accountable for quality care and patient satisfaction, instead of rewarding practitioners solely on the basis of traditional cost controls and utilization management.

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on the Web site http://www.bluecrossca.com. To access the replay, click on "In the News."

(Minimum Requirements to listen to broadcast: RealPlayer 5.0 or higher, downloadable free from www.real.com/products/player/index.html. Streaming speeds: audio minimum speed is 28.8 Kbps, video minimum speed is 56 Kbps or higher.

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