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Sixth Annual Administrative Benchmarking for Provider-Sponsored Health Plans Begins

March 28, 2008

Philadelphia. March 28, 2008.  Recently, Sherlock Company launched its sixth annual benchmarking study for Provider-Sponsored Health Plans. Fourteen plans serving more than four million members are participating in this year's performance benchmarking study in this peer group. Surveys are due back to Sherlock Company by the end of May and publication of the results is expected to begin in early July.

Sherlock Company's performance benchmarking study, the Sherlock Expense Evaluation Report (SEER), provides benchmarking data and analysis for the management of health plan administrative functions. Benchmarks include comprehensive and highly granular financial and operational metrics to help health plans identify whether they operate at best practice and which functional areas provide the greatest returns on management efforts to enhance plan performance. The broad scope of the metrics facilitates drill-downs to identify specific operational issues that can be used to map solutions to performance variances. In addition to financial and operational benchmarks, SEER also includes detailed cost and utilization information.

In 2007, 45 health plans serving one out of every three insured Americans used or participated in Sherlock Company's performance benchmarking. Besides universes of Independent Provider-Sponsored Health Plans, other universes include Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, Medicare Health Plans, Medicaid Health Plans and Larger Health Plans.

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Douglas B. Sherlock, CFA
Sherlock Company

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