PFCD and WellPoint Hill Briefing Underscores Commitment to Quality Health Care Delivery and Providers

  PFCD and WellPoint Hill Briefing Underscores Commitment to Quality Health
  Care Delivery and Providers

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WASHINGTON -- November 13, 2012

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:
WLP) hosted a Capitol Hill briefing today, demonstrating their commitment to
proactively identifying and advancing solutions to support health care
providers in delivering coordinated, patient-centered care. The briefing,
titled “Innovations in Care Delivery Models and the Role of Physician
Incentives,” was part of a continued effort to highlight barriers to effective
prevention and management of chronic disease.

“Finding effective and sustainable solutions that will improve the overall
health of Americans, and help reduce costs, lies in the hands of the public
and private sectors together. Convening the key stakeholders to identify best
practices and proactively improve care coordination and delivery is an
essential part of health care reform,” said PFCD Chairman Ken Thorpe.
“Restating our intentions with an event like this, particularly on the heels
of such a tight election, is affirmation of PFCD’s mission to raise awareness,
on both sides of the aisle, of the health care delivery issues affecting our
nation and the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care
costs.”

The aging population and rising rates of chronic disease have exposed the
cost, capacity, and delivery challenges currently facing our health care
system. Addressing these challenges has increased the demand for health care
providers—especially primary care physicians—who treat patients holistically
while working closely with other providers on each patient’s care team to
ensure the best possible care and outcomes.

“WellPoint is committed to improving health care quality and affordability and
recognizes that primary care physicians play a key role in achieving that
goal. Our Patient-Centered Primary Care Program, based on our positive
experience with Patient-Centered Medical Homes, encourages enhanced care
coordination, information sharing and patient-centered care by all primary
care physicians,” said Ruth Raskas, Vice President of Clinical Health Policy
at WellPoint. “We see this initiative as an essential part of prevention and
wellness efforts that can ultimately improve overall health.”

The following panelists showcased new initiatives, resources and partnerships
underway to effectively implement new care delivery models – with an emphasis
on those that incentivize providers:

  *Ruth Raskas, Vice President, Clinical Health Policy, WellPoint
  *Kavita Patel, MD, Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and
    Delivery, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution
  *Jon Easter, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, GlaxoSmithKline

For more information on PFCD and future events, please visit
www.fightchronicdisease.org.

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of
patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and
health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause
of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic
disease.

About WellPoint, Inc.

At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members’
health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and shareholders.
So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their
communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have more than 33
million people in our branded health plans, and approximately 64 million
people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue
Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross
licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado,
Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30
counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the
Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and
surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee
in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern
Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these
service areas, WellPoint’s plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue
Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas).
WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in
certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through our CareMore
subsidiary. Our 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales
of contact lenses, eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional
information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

Contact:

for PFCD
Rebecca Chin, 202-223-9260
pfcd@allisonpr.com
 
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