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OHIO PRUDENTIAL HEALTH CARE PLANS ARE FIRST TO MEET NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR QUALITY

 Independent, Non-Profit Watchdog Accredits PruCare HMO, Prudential
 Plus in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus
 WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Independent National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has accredited The Prudential Health Care System's managed care plans in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, making The Prudential the only Ohio health insurer to achieve accreditation in each of the metropolitan areas it serves.
 The Prudential provides health care benefits to more than 110,000 Ohioans through its PruCare HMO and Prudential Plus managed care plans. The Columbus plans have recently joined The Prudential's Cincinnati plans as the only Ohio plans to receive provisional accreditation, while the Cleveland plans are fully accredited.
 Based in Washington, NCQA represents consumers, labor organizations, employers, managed care organizations and medical researchers. Only a small percentage of the nation's managed care programs have been recognized for excellence in quality improvement programs through NCQA accreditation.
 To be considered for NCQA accreditation, managed care organizations and their participating physicians must submit to an extensive examination of their services and an on-site survey. The review is conducted by health care professionals, including physicians experienced in managed care. The Prudential plans and their participating physicians met NCQA's requirements in six required areas -- ongoing quality improvement program, utilization management, preventive health services, provider credentialing, provider medical records and member rights and responsibilities.
 "As more and more attention is focused on managed care as an integral part of health care reform, there also must be great emphasis placed on the quality of that care," said Marybeth Krovisky, NCQA vice president for accreditation. "Those plans willing to undergo the scrutiny of accreditation are setting an excellent example for the health care industry."
 The Prudential has set a goal to have all its plans nationally accredited by the end of 1993. "Providing quality care to Ohio employers and their employees has always been our mission, and this measure against specific standards by an outside organization serves as an independent and objective analysis of that care," said Betty Misek, vice president, group operations for Prudential's Ohio operations. "These accreditations, and the steps we will take to maintain them, assure employers and their employees will receive the kind of cost- effective, quality health care services they demand."
 Misek also noted that Ohio employers are beginning to use independent accreditation as a criterion for selecting health plans. The Prudential, the nation's largest insurer, provides or administers health benefits to more than 20 million Americans. PruCare HMO and Prudential Plus are a part of The Prudential Health Care System, the company's nationwide health care program that offers managed care plans in 48 metropolitan areas.


ADDITIONAL LOCAL FACTS
 The Prudential Health Care System in Central Ohio provides benefits to more than 45,000 persons, and has a network of more than 800 participating physicians and 12 hospitals.
 The Prudential Health Care System in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky provides benefits to more than 40,000 persons and has a network of 1,500 participating physicians and 15 hospitals.
 The Prudential Health Care System in Northern Ohio provides benefits to more than 25,000 persons and has a network of more than 1,450 participating physicians and 23 hospitals.
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 /CONTACT: Kristi Maines Simone or Teresa Woodard, both of Paul Werth Associates, 614-224-1884, for The Prudential; or Marybeth Krovisky of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, 202-628-5788/


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