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CAREVAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS OF WISCONSIN ASSISTS JOINT COMMISSION IN INDICATOR TESTING

 MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- CareVan Medical Systems of Wisconsin, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Medisys, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: MEDS) has been selected to participate in the field testing of indicators, or "performance measures," for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. This "beta phase" testing is the first large-scale evaluation of the Joint Commission's home infusion therapy indicators. The indicators are designed to support home care organization efforts to assess and improve the quality of patient care they provide. Testing will commence in 1994 and will extend for approximately two years.
 The indicator development project is part of the Joint Commission's Agenda for Change, a set of developmental initiatives that was launched in 1986 to create a more modern accreditation process. The new accreditation process contemplates the use of both clinical and organizational performance data as measures of an organization's ability to deliver quality health care.
 CareVan Medical Systems of Wisconsin, Inc., joins other test sites that were selected from volunteer accredited home care organizations throughout the nation.
 "The participation of these organizations in the testing process is essential to the eventual implementation of an indicator measurement system for all accredited health care organizations," said Dennis S. O'Leary, M.D., president of the Joint Commission.
 Beta testing activities will include evaluation of home care organization's ability to use computer systems to collect indicator data and to transmit the data electronically to the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission's information system will be evaluated to determine its ability to receive and analyze the data and provide timely feedback to health care organizations. A second activity will involve evaluation of the reliability and validity of the indicators to assess their potential usefulness to health care organizations and to the Joint Commission as both seek to identify opportunities to improve the quality of patient care and services.
 The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a private-not-for-profit organization, evaluates and accredits more than 5,300 hospitals as well as 3,000 other health care organizations that provide home care, mental health care, ambulatory care and long term care services. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest health care standards setting and accrediting body.
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 /CONTACT: William Brummond, CEO; or Mary Bennett, V.P. of Operations, of Medisys, 612-835-8300/
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