SOURCE: The Sentinel Group

November 08, 2007 09:48 ET

The Sentinel Group Signs United Agricultural Benefit Trust to Receive Its Health Claim Anti-Fraud Services

LAKE FOREST, IL--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - The Sentinel Group, a leader in health claim fraud and abuse services, recently signed United Agricultural Benefit Trust, a health benefits plan sponsored by the United Agribusiness League, as a new client.

The Sentinel Group will review and evaluate all medical claims submitted to the United Agricultural Benefit Trust for possible medical provider fraud or abuse.

"We chose The Sentinel Group to help us deliver the most abundant benefits possible for our members' contribution dollars," said Jodi Martin, Senior Vice President of United Agricultural Benefit Trust. "This valuable anti-fraud service is being added to United Agricultural Benefit Trust claim benefits to protect the health plan assets of all our employer group and association members."

"Healthcare defrauders take advantage of every industry, reaping profits from the health benefits of workers from every walk of life, including agribusiness," said Julie Malida, Sentinel Group President. "By initiating the controls of The Sentinel Group's anti-fraud program, the United Agricultural Benefit Trust is not only protecting the assets of its members today, but also alerting future healthcare defrauders that their organization is an informed, cutting-edge force to be reckoned with."

About United Agribusiness League

Founded in 1980, Irvine, Calif.-based United Agribusiness League provides a united voice, educational resources and financial solutions for more than 1,100 agricultural employers and over 25 agricultural trade associations. The United Agricultural Benefit Trust, an association-sponsored plan, is the recognized leader in providing healthcare for agribusiness. UABT was the first association health plan certified by the California Department of Insurance.

About The Sentinel Group

The Sentinel Group, a division of Optimal Benefits Services, Inc., based in Lake Forest, Ill., is a recognized leader in the healthcare anti-fraud and abuse industry. The company has one of the most experienced teams of fraud investigators, and is supported by sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology and years of in-depth intelligence gathered nationwide from healthcare providers.

According to the General Accounting Office, it's estimated that up to 10 percent of all healthcare claims that insurance companies, association health plans and third party administrators (TPAs) receive are fraudulent, abusive or erroneous. Through its screening and investigation of suspect billing practices, The Sentinel Group saves its clients money that would otherwise be paid on fraudulent and abusive health claims. For more information, visit http://www.sentinelgrouponline.com.

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