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HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY RECEIVES SECOND ANNUAL U.S. HEALTHCARE QUALITY AWARD

 BLUE BELL, Pa., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Healthcare (NASDAQ: USHC) awarded its second annual Quality Award to Hahnemann University.
 Hahnemann President Iqbal Paroo accepted the award and a $25,000 endowment for the establishment of Hahnemann's Quality Practice Fellowship, which will be dedicated to advance the cause of quality measurement and accountability in health care.
 The Quality Award was established to recognize leaders in the growing quality movement in medicine, said Steven Zatz, president of U.S. Quality Algorithms (USQA). USQA, a subsidiary of U.S. Healthcare, helps health care organizations develop programs to measure and improve quality. "Hahnemann has emerged as a leading example of an institution that is committed to the principles of quality in health care," Dr. Zatz said.
 "Hahnemann University has been a pioneer in the movement toward quality-based reimbursement," he added. Hahnemann was the first academic health center to participate in U.S. Healthcare's CapTainer program, which pays hospitals more if they achieve measured quality outcomes. "When hospitals ask how to bring quality principles into their institutions, they can look to Hahnemann as a model," said Zatz.
 Academically, Hahnemann has spearheaded programs in primary-care physician education, cultural diversity and outcomes research. On the hospital side, it has created a heart transplant program that incorporates a patient-centered, team approach, rather than the typical hospital hierarchy.
 Accepting the award, Paroo emphasized the role of academic health centers in developing quality-based health care systems. "If our collective dream of universal access to quality health care is to be a reality, managed care organizations and academic health centers must be partners in this process," he said.
 U.S. Healthcare has been ranked the No. 1 IPA (independent practice association) model HMO in the country for four consecutive years by the HMO Buyer's Guide. U.S. Healthcare operates in eight states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Delaware and Maryland.
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