ViPS Nationally Acclaimed HEDIS(R) Reporting Software MedMeasures (TM) Receives Certification from NCQA

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from ViPS, Inc.

    ATLANTA, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- ViPS, a national leader in healthcare
 information technology solutions, announced today that the National Committee
 for Quality Assurance (NCQA) approved the ViPS MedMeasures(TM) software
 (version 3.2) as NCQA Certified Software for HEDIS 2001.
     NCQA, an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving
 healthcare quality, implemented a rigorous HEDIS software certification
 program this year.  As one of a handful of select software products reviewed,
 ViPS' MedMeasures underwent precise, automated testing that verified software
 compliance with HEDIS specifications and satisfied the source code review
 portion of the HEDIS Compliance Audit(TM).
     The Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS(R)) is a set of
 standardized performance measures designed to ensure that purchasers and
 consumers have the information they need to reliably compare the performance
 of managed healthcare organizations.  Since its introduction in 1993, HEDIS
 has evolved to become the gold standard in managed care performance
 measurement.
     "The HEDIS Software Certification program will increase the industry's
 confidence in the accuracy of HEDIS results while benefiting health plans,
 auditors and software vendors alike," said Alisa Ray, NCQA assistant vice
 president of certification and information products.  "We commend ViPS for
 stepping forward as an early participant and for achieving NCQA
 certification."
     MedMeasures' analyses and reports were compared to expected results to
 determine if the software analyzed and reported the data correctly. With the
 successful completion of NCQA's Software Certification, health plans using
 MedMeasures can be assured of having the right software to perform the complex
 task of HEDIS compliance.
     "Health plans using software not officially sanctioned by NCQA run the
 risk of having their auditors uncover source code that doesn't comply with
 HEDIS specifications -- perhaps resulting in more time and money spent on
 HEDIS audit activities," said Sam Hoffman, an auditor and early proponent of
 the HEDIS Compliance Audit and HEDIS Software Certification programs.  "By
 employing software from a certified vendor, managed care organizations can
 avoid these perils."
     "HEDIS Software Certification of MedMeasures by NCQA verifies the
 precision of our product which, coupled with its flexibility and ease of use,
 make MedMeasures the logical choice for anyone responsible for overseeing
 HEDIS or state-mandated reporting," said Bob Holmes, chief medical officer of
 ViPS.  "By eliminating the need to analyze new HEDIS specifications or re-
 writing and testing in-house codes, a product like MedMeasures can
 significantly reduce the amount of time a health plan dedicates to HEDIS
 activities.  What's more, less audit time is required because the measures are
 certified.  This fact alone can save a company thousands of dollars each
 year."
     MedMeasures' powerful analysis and reporting tools meet all HEDIS
 administrative requirements, including necessary rates and tables.  Reports
 are prepared in exact HEDIS format, and a variety of sampling options are
 available.  Plus, MedMeasures streamlines the process by automating the
 gathering of medical record data throughout an organization's provider
 community, monitoring data collection, ensuring data integrity and format and
 providing comprehensive chart audits.  MedMeasures allows for customization
 for state-run Medicaid programs, as well.
 
     About NCQA
     NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving
 healthcare quality.  NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare
 organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS(R), the performance
 measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation's health plans.
 NCQA is committed to providing healthcare quality information through the Web
 and the media in order to help consumers, employers and others make more
 informed healthcare choices. Consumers can easily access MCOs' NCQA
 Accreditation statuses and other information on healthcare quality on NCQA's
 Web site at www.ncqa.org, or by calling NCQA's Customer Support Center at
 888-275-7585.
 
     About ViPS, Inc.
     ViPS, The iTechnology of Healthcare(SM), is a privately held firm
 delivering innovative, integrated and intelligent solutions for the healthcare
 business.  For more information, visit www.vips.com, email webinfo@vips.com or
 call 888-289-8477.
     HEDIS Software Certification(SM) is a service mark of the National
 Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  Certified HEDIS Software(SM) is a
 service mark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
     HEDIS(R) is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality
 Assurance (NCQA).  NCQA HEDIS Compliance Audit(TM) is a trademark of the
 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).   ViPS expressly reserves the
 right to make changes to these materials, or to the software products
 described herein, at any time without notice.
 
 

SOURCE ViPS, Inc.
    ATLANTA, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- ViPS, a national leader in healthcare
 information technology solutions, announced today that the National Committee
 for Quality Assurance (NCQA) approved the ViPS MedMeasures(TM) software
 (version 3.2) as NCQA Certified Software for HEDIS 2001.
     NCQA, an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving
 healthcare quality, implemented a rigorous HEDIS software certification
 program this year.  As one of a handful of select software products reviewed,
 ViPS' MedMeasures underwent precise, automated testing that verified software
 compliance with HEDIS specifications and satisfied the source code review
 portion of the HEDIS Compliance Audit(TM).
     The Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS(R)) is a set of
 standardized performance measures designed to ensure that purchasers and
 consumers have the information they need to reliably compare the performance
 of managed healthcare organizations.  Since its introduction in 1993, HEDIS
 has evolved to become the gold standard in managed care performance
 measurement.
     "The HEDIS Software Certification program will increase the industry's
 confidence in the accuracy of HEDIS results while benefiting health plans,
 auditors and software vendors alike," said Alisa Ray, NCQA assistant vice
 president of certification and information products.  "We commend ViPS for
 stepping forward as an early participant and for achieving NCQA
 certification."
     MedMeasures' analyses and reports were compared to expected results to
 determine if the software analyzed and reported the data correctly. With the
 successful completion of NCQA's Software Certification, health plans using
 MedMeasures can be assured of having the right software to perform the complex
 task of HEDIS compliance.
     "Health plans using software not officially sanctioned by NCQA run the
 risk of having their auditors uncover source code that doesn't comply with
 HEDIS specifications -- perhaps resulting in more time and money spent on
 HEDIS audit activities," said Sam Hoffman, an auditor and early proponent of
 the HEDIS Compliance Audit and HEDIS Software Certification programs.  "By
 employing software from a certified vendor, managed care organizations can
 avoid these perils."
     "HEDIS Software Certification of MedMeasures by NCQA verifies the
 precision of our product which, coupled with its flexibility and ease of use,
 make MedMeasures the logical choice for anyone responsible for overseeing
 HEDIS or state-mandated reporting," said Bob Holmes, chief medical officer of
 ViPS.  "By eliminating the need to analyze new HEDIS specifications or re-
 writing and testing in-house codes, a product like MedMeasures can
 significantly reduce the amount of time a health plan dedicates to HEDIS
 activities.  What's more, less audit time is required because the measures are
 certified.  This fact alone can save a company thousands of dollars each
 year."
     MedMeasures' powerful analysis and reporting tools meet all HEDIS
 administrative requirements, including necessary rates and tables.  Reports
 are prepared in exact HEDIS format, and a variety of sampling options are
 available.  Plus, MedMeasures streamlines the process by automating the
 gathering of medical record data throughout an organization's provider
 community, monitoring data collection, ensuring data integrity and format and
 providing comprehensive chart audits.  MedMeasures allows for customization
 for state-run Medicaid programs, as well.
 
     About NCQA
     NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving
 healthcare quality.  NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare
 organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS(R), the performance
 measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation's health plans.
 NCQA is committed to providing healthcare quality information through the Web
 and the media in order to help consumers, employers and others make more
 informed healthcare choices. Consumers can easily access MCOs' NCQA
 Accreditation statuses and other information on healthcare quality on NCQA's
 Web site at www.ncqa.org, or by calling NCQA's Customer Support Center at
 888-275-7585.
 
     About ViPS, Inc.
     ViPS, The iTechnology of Healthcare(SM), is a privately held firm
 delivering innovative, integrated and intelligent solutions for the healthcare
 business.  For more information, visit www.vips.com, email webinfo@vips.com or
 call 888-289-8477.
     HEDIS Software Certification(SM) is a service mark of the National
 Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  Certified HEDIS Software(SM) is a
 service mark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
     HEDIS(R) is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality
 Assurance (NCQA).  NCQA HEDIS Compliance Audit(TM) is a trademark of the
 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).   ViPS expressly reserves the
 right to make changes to these materials, or to the software products
 described herein, at any time without notice.
 
 SOURCE  ViPS, Inc.