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Accordant Helps Humana Members With Complex, Chronic Diseases Reduce Avoidable Health Complications
Accordant Documents Success For Technology-Enabled Disease Management

Updated 3:05 PM ET November 16, 2000

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) announced today that Accordant Health Services, a leading provider of technology-enabled disease management programs, is achieving remarkable results through its e-disease management initiatives by reducing avoidable complications for Humana members with complex, chronic diseases. Results were measured over a seven-quarter period from October 1998 to June 2000.
Humana has been enrolling its members, who have complex, chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, lupus and multiple sclerosis, in Accordant's disease management program for more than two years. Approximately 5,100 members have benefited from Accordant's program.

For patients with multiple sclerosis, Accordant's outcomes demonstrated a reduction in exacerbations of 48 percent. While MS complications vary from patient to patient, they can include weakness, neurological deterioration and paralysis. Accordant's intervention strategies also reduced by 42 percent, depression, which is another key complication MS patients face.

High blood pressure is a significant complication for Lupus patients. Accordant's program has increased the number of Lupus patients who routinely monitor their blood pressure and report abnormal findings to their physicians.

"Humana is sensitive to the specialized needs of patients with complex, chronic diseases. We turned to Accordant for its solutions in helping these patients improve their quality of life and to give them tools to control and minimize the complications of their disease," explained Jonathan T. Lord, M.D., chief medical officer for Humana. "Accordant has been on the leading edge of e-enabled disease management and these results validate the power of Accordant's technology to effectively help our members."

By helping these Humana members reduce avoidable complications of their illnesses, Accordant's program, has helped them improve their ability to function.

"Accordant engaged this population using multiple mediums of communication, proactive patient education, and outreach to effectively generate a change of behavior," said Steve Schelhammer, founder, president and CEO of Accordant. "Our technology-enabled health care solutions have contributed significantly to how actively these patients are engaged in managing their disease complications before they reach a crisis."

"These results demonstrate that quality care is cost-effective care," said Edwin J. Dasso, M.D., Accordant's Medical Director for Clinical Informatics. "Our program is very clinically focused and engages the patient's physician from the beginning. Accordant feels that support of the physician-patient relationship, through activities that encourage improved communications, is a fundamental component of the success of the program. Demonstrating to physicians that we can help them achieve measurable health improvements in their patient's lives is the strength and cornerstone of our program."

With its focus on patients, Accordant's disease management program works in concert with Humana's strategic vision to make its members the focal point of its business.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health services companies, with approximately 5.4 million medical members located primarily in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Humana offers coordinated health insurance coverage through a variety of plans -- health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, point- of-service plans and administrative service products -- to employer groups, government-sponsored plans and individuals.

More information regarding Humana is available via the Internet at , including copies of annual report to shareholders, Form 10-K, Form 10-Qs, and proxy statement; Copy of most recent investor presentation; Copies of quarterly earnings press releases; Audio archive of the most recent earnings release conference call; Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings release date, related conference call access number, and planned participation in investor conferences).

About Accordant Health Services

Accordant, based in Greensboro, N.C., focuses on managing complex, chronic diseases with the goal of improving clinical, patient satisfaction and cost- of-care outcomes. The company relies on its expert "tele-web" system that integrates Internet and call center technologies to enable flexible, intelligent and customized information-sharing among patients, providers and health plans. At present, Accordant offers programs for 15 complex, chronic diseases in the areas of neurology, rheumatology, pulmonology and hematology and serves approximately 10,000 chronic patients from 9 million health-plan members. Accordant's Medical Advisory Board is comprised of national medical experts who participate in the development and continuous quality improvement of the company's programs. For more information about Accordant, visit or call 1-800-948-2497.

Contact: Mary Sellers of Humana Corporate Communications, 502-580-3689, or e-mail,