SOURCE: MultiPlan

April 29, 2009 11:04 ET

MultiPlan to Award Ten Grants to Rural Hospitals

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - MultiPlan, Inc., the nation's oldest and largest independent PPO network, is now accepting applications for its 2009 Rural Health Outreach Grant. The program, now in its 14th year, awards ten hospitals serving rural areas grants of $3,000 each to help them introduce or expand services, education, screenings and other endeavors aimed at improving the health of people in their communities.

"MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant helps our rural hospitals support the people in their communities during every stage of life," said Dr. Paul Goldstein, Corporate Medical Director for MultiPlan. "These grants provide funding for a diverse array of programs that focus on the specific healthcare needs of newborns, teens, adults and seniors."

The grant is available to rural hospitals participating in MultiPlan's PHCS, MultiPlan and/or HealthEOS Networks. An application for the grant is posted on MultiPlan's website at http://www.multiplan.com/providers/ruralhealthgrants.cfm. Completed applications must be submitted by June 30, 2009. Grant recipients will be announced in August.

Since 1995, MultiPlan has awarded nearly $300,000 through this program. Grant recipients have used this funding to address the unique healthcare needs of people in their neighborhoods with programs that focus on such wide-ranging health-related issues as: emergency pediatric services, exercise and nutrition, smoking cessation, family counseling, diabetes management, mammogram screenings, and healthcare access. Information about previous grant recipients is available on the MultiPlan website.

For more information about MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant, contact MultiPlan at rural@multiplan.com. MultiPlan also offers a Toy Car Program and a Holiday Card Program that benefit the pediatric departments of participating hospitals.

About MultiPlan

MultiPlan is the industry's most comprehensive provider of healthcare cost management solutions. The company provides over 2,100 clients with a single gateway to a host of primary, complementary and out-of-network strategies for managing the financial risks associated with healthcare claims. Clients include large and mid-sized insurers, third party administrators, self-funded plans, HMOs and other entities that pay claims on behalf of health plans. Services include national primary and complementary PPO networks, fee negotiation services, a Wisconsin-based primary PPO and a national transplant network. Well over 600,000 providers participate with MultiPlan through these networks. Incorporated in 1980, MultiPlan is owned by a group of investors led by The Carlyle Group. For more information, visit www.multiplan.com.

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