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Medic Computer Systems And Mariner Health Group, Inc. Announce Physician Information System Agreement

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Medic Computer Systems announced today that it has reached an agreement to provide a comprehensive physician information system to Mariner Health (Nasdaq-NNM: MRNR), a leading national provider of post acute health services, headquartered in New London, Ct. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Mariner Health products and services include inpatient physician and nursing care, rehabilitation therapies, respiratory and infusion therapies, pharmacy services and medical equipment.

The contract with Medic is for their +MEDIC Vision product, which provides a comprehensive relational database system to better address the unique information needs of an integrated delivery system, more effectively, efficiently and profitably than ever before. Initially, the products will be piloted in Mariner Health's Physician Services business unit and Mariner Rehabilitation, with further consideration for implementation in other areas.

Mariner Health believes that health care reform significantly increases the need to manage information more precisely. Medicare, managed care, fee-for-service, and capitation drive the need for powerful information systems to allow companies to respond to new requirements in the changing environment.

Arthur W. Stratton, Jr., M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mariner Health, said, "We chose Medic Computer Systems and their +MEDIC Vision product because we feel it can provide us with the technological bridge to compete most effectively in the changing environment. With Vision, the required information is easily accessible and will allow us to better manage our partnership relationships and risk arrangements. Gaining greater administrative efficiencies enables us to sustain our focus on improving quality patient care."

Mariner Health also plans to utilize Medic's EDI services, to further reduce administrative costs while increasing staff productivity. Information for billing, insurance claims, patient statements, patient eligibility, and payments, is transmitted via Medic's electronic clearinghouse, with the goal of eliminating significant operating costs.

Medic Computer Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCSY) develops, markets and supports practice management systems and related services for physician practices, hospitals, management services organizations, and managed care organizations. Medic's products are designed to manage not only financial and administrative information, but critical clinical and managed care information as well. The Company has over 9,000 installations nationwide supporting approximately 38,000 physicians. SOURCE Medic Computer Systems, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Jean McCormack, Medic Computer Systems, Inc., 919-847-8102/


CO: Medic Computer Systems, Inc.; Mariner Health Group, Inc. ST: North Carolina, Connecticut IN: CPR HEA SU: CON

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