SOURCE: HealthPartners

October 05, 2007 13:17 ET

HealthPartners Wins Honor in the 2007 C. Everett Koop National Health Awards

Health Plan Awarded Honorable Mention

BLOOMINGTON, MN--(Marketwire - October 5, 2007) - HealthPartners behavioral health case management program received an honorable mention in the 2007 C. Everett Koop National Health Awards. HealthPartners program was recognized for preventing behavioral health crisis that lead to emergency hospitalization for individuals with severe behavioral health conditions including severe depression, bipolar disorder and chemical dependency.

"Behavioral health conditions are treatable just like other medical conditions such as diabetes," said Karen Lloyd, HealthPartners senior director for behavioral health. "This program provides evidence that this approach prevents suffering and costly complications," she added.

HealthPartners was among only five organizations (two award winners and three honorable mentions) recognized at the 2007 ceremony in New Orleans this week. The C. Everett Koop Awards are given by the Health Project; a non-profit, private-public consortium chaired by C. Everett Koop, M.D., the former U.S. surgeon general. The Koop Health Awards are given each year to worksite, community or provider programs which have soundly documented improved health and decreased medical costs.

HealthPartners created the behavioral health program in 2003 and since then more than 3,000 members have benefited from services. Results in 2006 include:

--  Use of outpatient behavioral health services increased  seven percent
--  Emergency room visits for behavioral health conditions decreased five
    percent
--  Costs for behavioral health decreased 22 percent or $3 million
--  Provider, member satisfaction 90 percent
    

About HealthPartners

Founded in 1957, the HealthPartners (www.healthpartners.com) family of health care companies serves more than one million medical and dental health plan members nationwide and is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation, providing care, coverage, research and education to improve the health of members, patients and the community. HealthPartners is rated one of the best plans in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in association with The National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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