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HealthMetrix Research Recognizes Medicare Advantage Websites for 2010 MedicareWebWatch Certification

COLUMBUS, OH (September 15, 2010) - HealthMetrix Research Inc., an independent Medicare research and solutions firm, recognizes the selection of 30 Medicare Advantage plan websites for MedicareWebWatch certification.  The certification recognizes excellence in Medicare plan website content, member connectivity, design and privacy assurance. The websites were selected from 136 Medicare Advantage websites following a comprehensive review earlier this year. According to HealthMetrix Research Inc. president Alan Mittermaier:

"Given the increasing necessity for Medicare Advantage plans to communicate detailed information and execute transactions via the internet, plan websites must provide a high-value, positive experience for plan members, caregivers and guests. These 30 organizations chosen for MedicareWebWatch certification have demonstrated a significant resource commitment towards maximizing the relevance and readiness of their Medicare Advantage websites. HealthMetrix Research is pleased to recognize their preparedness especially as beneficiaries encounter substantial changes to the Medicare Advantage program resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress last March."

MedicareWebWatch certification is based on HealthMetrix Research’s methodology that weighs 50 website features related to: plan-specific content; external content resources; member connectivity; design and navigation; privacy assurance. Certification details are available at www.MedicareWebWatch.com. HealthMetrix Research Inc. neither recommends nor endorses specific Medicare plans or products.

Source: HealthMetrix Research Inc. www.MedicareWebWatch.com

Contact: Alan Mittermaier 614-236-8345

2010 MedicareWebWatch Certified Websites

Aetna www.aetnamedicare.com
BlueCross BlueShield of HI www.hmsa.com
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota www.bluecrossmn.com
BlueCross BlueShield of RI www.bcbsri.com
BlueCross BlueShield of Western NY www.bcbswny.com
BlueCross BlueShield of Northeastern NY www.bsneny.com
Capital District Physicians' Health Plan www.cdphp.com 
CareMore Health Plan www.caremore.com
Central Health Plan www.centralhealthplan.com
EmblemHealth - HIP www.hipusa.com 
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield www.excellusbcbs.com 
Group Health Cooperative www.ghc.org 
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care www.hphc.org
HealthFirst Health Plan www.health-first.com 
HealthPartners www.healthpartners.com 
HealthPlus www.healthplus.org
HealthSpring www.healthspring.com
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ www.horizon-bcbsnj.com 
Independence Blue Cross www.site65.com 
Intervalley Health Plan www.ivhp.com 
Kaiser Permanente www.kaiserpermanente.org 
Mercy Health Plan www.mercyhealthplans.com
MVP Health Plan www.mvphealthcare.com 
Optima Health www.optimahealth.com 
Physicians Health Choice www.physicianshealthchoice.com
Priority Health www.priorityhealth.com 
SCAN Health Plan www.scanhealthplan.com
Tufts Medicare Preferred www.tuftsmedicarepreferred.org 
UPMC Health Plan www.upmchealthplan.com