SOURCE: Mitchell International

Mitchell International

August 03, 2011 06:00 ET

Mitchell International and Anthem Blue Cross Expand Network Access Relationship

Extended Relationship Will Provide Mitchell's Auto Casualty Customers With Access to the Largest PPO in California

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 3, 2011) - Mitchell International, Inc., a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Collision Repair industries, today announced that it is expanding its network access agreement with Anthem Blue Cross in California to provide Mitchell Auto Casualty Solutions clients with access to the largest PPO in California. Clients will be able to access this vast voluntary provider network via DecisionPoint®, a leading medical bill management solution for 1st and 3rd party liability claims handlers.

"Mitchell is continuously looking to enhance the value of our solutions, and our agreement with Anthem Blue Cross is one such example. Access to Anthem's extensive provider network and integrating with DecisionPoint provides our clients with additional capabilities to an already robust solution," said Dave Torrance, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mitchell International Auto Casualty Solutions.

Anthem Blue Cross has the largest number of contracting facilities and providers in their PPO network in the state of California. Their network capabilities provide numerous benefits to Mitchell clients, including an enhanced ability for policyholders to obtain maximum value delivered per their coverage via the benefits of Anthem's pre-negotiated contract rates.

"The agreement with Mitchell is a great opportunity for Anthem Blue Cross to expand our ability to assist individuals injured in automobile accidents," said Martin Lutzeier, Vice President of Large Group Sales of Anthem Blue Cross. "We are pleased to expand our agreement with Mitchell, which started with Mitchell's Workers' Compensation Solutions offerings."

According to John Gilmartin, Vice President Product Management & Operations of the Mitchell Auto Casualty Solutions Division, "The ability to access this valuable Anthem Blue Cross PPO network will enable our customers to save time by reducing the use of a variety of disparate claims handling solutions as well as reduce high volumes of manual processing. Our relationship with Anthem helps bring additional efficiency and consistency to our clients which enables them to maximize adjuster time and add additional value to the benefit of their policyholders and ensure our clients reimburse medical providers and facilities a fair, accurate, and reasonable amount for the services rendered."

For more information, please contact a Mitchell representative at 800-424-1132 or visit www.mitchell.com.

About Anthem Blue Cross
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About Mitchell International, Inc.
Mitchell International, Inc. empowers clients to achieve measurably better outcomes. Providing unparalleled breadth of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Collision Repair industries, Mitchell is uniquely able to simplify and accelerate the claims management and collision repair processes.

As a leading provider of Property & Casualty claims technology solutions, Mitchell processes over 50 million transactions annually for over 300 insurance companies/claims payers and over 30,000 collision repair facilities throughout North America. Founded in 1946, Mitchell is headquartered in San Diego, California, and has 1,700 employees. The company is privately owned primarily by the Aurora Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based investment group. For more information about Mitchell, visit www.mitchell.com.

About Mitchell Auto Casualty Solutions
The Mitchell Auto Casualty Solutions (ACS) division delivers solutions that help accelerate prompt, fair and effective liability claims handling with automated decision-making tools. By connecting people with technology and data, ACS delivers timely, intelligent and actionable insight to our clients so that they can handle 1st and 3rd party liability claims better. ACS offerings incorporate leading-edge technologies that empower our clients to handle claims more accurately, consistently, efficiently and cost-effectively enabling them to deliver outstanding claim service results.

For more than 20 years, ACS has delivered high-quality products and services to meet the evolving needs of our clients. With extensive industry experience and a track record of outstanding service delivery, ACS is uniquely positioned to deliver solutions that simplify and optimize your claims handling.