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Nationally-acclaimed CliniFIT Centers of Excellence Program

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Health Design Plus Announces …

Release Date: March 28, 2013

Contact: Robby Kordish, Vice-President, Product Development

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HUDSON, March 28, 2013 - Health Design Plus (HDP), a leader and innovator in Health Benefits Administration and Population Health Management, becomes nation’s leading administrator of employer-sponsored Centers of Excellence (COE) programs.

Since 2009, HDP has implemented its now nationally-acclaimed CliniFIT™ Centers of Excellence programs for numerous employers nationwide, most recently for Wal-Mart’s first-of-its-kind Centers of Excellence benefit program. With an award-winning, 24 year history of high-quality service to self-funded organizations ranging from mid-sized groups to Fortune 50® companies, HDP has a proven ability to develop and integrate complex and innovative health and benefit management programs.

HDP was selected in 2009 at the conclusion of a nationwide search by Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, to manage COE programs for their clients. Individuals traveling for serious surgical procedures find such support essential. “Clinically-based benefit programs represent a necessary and long-awaited evolution of health benefits,” says HDP President and CIO John Strickland. “Our CliniFIT™ clinical benefit programs facilitate Centers of Excellence access to over 3 million members nationwide. We’re excited to be on the leading edge with these value-driven programs, and to work with such visionary companies.”

HDP’s CliniFIT™ COE programs are predicated on quality outcomes, and grounded in member advocacy. They are a natural extension of the company’s core strengths, building on a history of direct employer - provider contracting based first on quality, then cost. They maximize a strong Care Management component, and recognize the importance of engaging and supporting the member in making good health care decisions.

With bundled pricing and beginning-to-end management of each case, they include communications, travel and logistics, eligibility and benefit management, clinical coordination and case management, and provider payment.

With a focus on taking care of patients while controlling employer health care expenditures, HDP founder and CEO M. Ruth Coleman has led the HDP initiative to develop this member centric travel surgery program. “Innovation and adaptability have been the hallmarks of HDP since it began,” stated M. Ruth Coleman. “We will continue to focus on achieving real results for our clients through creative, often big solutions.”

Health Design Plus

HDP is a licensed Third Party Administrator doing business in numerous states in the US, and operating from its offices in Hudson, OH and Mesa, AZ. Founded in 1988 as a care management company, HDP provides truly integrated administrative and population health management solutions for mid-sized to large companies. Utilizing a member-focused model powered by cutting-edge technology and data analytics, HDP has consistently managed its clients at 50% or less of annual national medical trend. For more information, please visit

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