KePRO Acquires Preferred Physician Health Alliance

Acquisition expands commercial care management market share

Aug 31, 2010, 08:13 ET from KePRO

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- KePRO Acquisitions, Inc., the commercial subsidiary of the Keystone Peer Review Organization, Inc. (KePRO), acquired Preferred Physician Health Alliance (PPHA), a fully integrated medical management company located in Orlando, Florida. The acquisition strengthens KePRO's commercial care management offerings by adding new clients throughout the United States and its territories.

"We are excited about the acquisition of PPHA," said KePRO CEO Joseph A. Dougher. "Both companies have the same philosophy of delivering improved health outcomes for members and cost savings to clients. Our programs are strengthened by PPHA staff experts, including Edward Cabrera, MD, FAAFP, who has become KePRO's chief medical officer, and Dianna Noecker who was appointed to the position of Vice President, Commercial Operations."

A strategic advantage of the acquisition includes the ownership of a proprietary medical management platform, which supports integrated care coordination and enables KePRO to see the whole patient in all aspects of his or her care. "We are now able to capture all information about our members throughout the continuum of care – from wellness, utilization management, case management and chronic care management," said Dougher.

Existing clients of PPHA will not see any service interruption. Said Dr. Cabrera, "KePRO and PPHA work hard to ensure that our members are getting the health care services they need to lead healthier lives, while controlling costs for our clients.  The integration will be seamless, and we will continue to service clients from the Orlando office."

About KePRO

KePRO is a care management and quality improvement organization servicing commercial and public clients. Since 1985, the company has touched the lives of over 18 million members.  KePRO is successful because it stays abreast of industry trends and evidence-based guidelines to design products that address the biggest health care cost drivers, and interventions that fit the busy lifestyles of the members it serves. In 2009, KePRO reviewed over 1.1 million cases, delivering a 9:1 return on investment for its clients.

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, KePRO also has offices in Florida (Tampa, Orlando, and Miami), Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. For more information, visit