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Burbank, Ca (PRWEB) August 29, 2012

Richard Stephenson, CEO and Founder of RISARC, a leading national provider of high-technology and revenue recovery solutions to the U.S. healthcare industry, has publicly endorsed plans by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services, to ramp up funding for front line state and municipal healthcare providers that will facilitate achieving interoperability.

Secretary Sebelius announced last week that an additional $ 48.8 million will be directed to bolster achieving seamless information exchange, what we call interoperability, for state and local laboratory systems engaged in fighting infectious diseases. Five cities, 50 states and Puerto Rico will apply these funds to desperately needed IT improvements critical to capturing and transmitting information about disease breakouts to health authorities and the general public.

Said Secretary Sebelius last week: Todays awards support the critical work of public health departments to prevent, track and respond to new and emerging infectious diseases.

Fast track innovation

Said Stephenson regarding the HHS awards: We need to realize quickly the vision of President Barack Obama and Secretary Sebelius that all systems in our national health care delivery chain be able to effectively exchange and use the same data even when the systems dont share the same interfaces. Achieving this interoperability goal with our front line protectors in public health departments and agencies inside the states and our biggest cities will also fast track IT innovations among our largest health care providers, public and private, which depend on these agencies for health alerts and information.

The HHS awards announced last week represent the third year of funding made possible by the Affordable Care Act Prevention and Public Health Fund for the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreements. Funds will help interconnect epidemiology, laboratory and health information systems in health departments in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Palau, the District of Columbia, New York City, Los Angeles County, Chicago, Philadelphia and Houston.

Full interoperability

Added Stephenson: Effective medical decisions can only be made when doctors and other providers have accurate information. This is the vision of the Affordable Health Care Act and the early Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITEC) Act. The grants announced by Secretary Sebelius this week represent one more great step forward in realizing the shared dream of fully interoperable, seamlessly connected, privacy-protected information systems to protect the health of all.


RISARC is a leading national high-technology and revenue recovery consulting firm to the healthcare industry. RISARC, founded in 1990, has recovered over $ 1 billion for its clients. The company offers the RMSe-bubble for secure electronic document exchange and the signature RISARC 360

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New York, NY (PRWEB) April 26, 2012

Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today announced the formation a new company, IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc. (IHC Specialty), which will accelerate IHCs growth into new niche lines of business.

Jeff Smedsrud, chief marketing officer of IHC, will be chief executive officer and president of the new company.

IHC Specialty will develop new health insurance products and services that are expected to be in greater demand as federal health care reform is implemented. The product lines contemplated for expansion include supplemental and ancillary insurance, such as accident, critical illness and pet insurance. A significant amount of products will be marketed directly to consumers through IHCs proprietary technology.

Dave Keller, former senior vice president of sales and marketing for IHC Health Solutions, and Brian Dow, former senior vice president of ecommerce and business development for IHC Health Solutions, are joining Smedsrud at IHC Specialty, along with nine other team members.

We have seasoned executives who are passionate about growing business and capitalizing on market trends. No matter what happens with health care reform, we have entered into a new world of how consumers buy and utilize health-related products. We plan to embrace this new shopping mentality by offering customized products and exchange platforms, said Smedsrud.

The company is partnering with large payers, accountable care organizations, and distributorsboth local and nationalto create product and consumer solutions.

IHC Specialty is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC), a publicly traded holding company with more than $ 1 billion in assets, and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group is composed of affiliated insurance carriers, marketing and administrative companies and agencies committed to providing excellent service and offering competitive health, life, disability, stop-loss, short-term medical, travel and dental insurance products to groups and individuals. The IHC Group has approximately $ 600 million in annual premium and fees.

Find out more information about IHC Specialty, contact Dave Keller at dave(dot)keller(at)ihcgroup(dot)com.

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