Ecom CEO L. Cade Havard Selected by Texas Department of Insurance as Panelist to Address Issue of Blind PPO’s in the Insurance Industry

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Ecom PPO.com, Inc.SM (Ecom) CEO L. Cade Havard was selected by the Texas Department of Insurance as a panelist for the Technical Advisory Committee on Claims Processing to address issues and concerns specifically related to Blind PPO’s in the insurance industry for their May 1, 2006 meeting.

Ecom PPO.com, Inc.SM (Ecom) CEO L. Cade Havard was selected by the Texas Department of Insurance as a panelist for the Technical Advisory Committee on Claims Processing to address issues and concerns specifically related to Blind PPO’s in the insurance industry for their May 1, 2006 meeting.

Each year medical providers lose billions of dollars to discounts that were taken on their claims without knowledge and/or consent. A “Silent” or “Blind PPO” is defined as an organization that takes discounts on medical claims without a legitimate relationship (provider contract or leasing agreement) that allows for access to discounts. “Silent” discounting arrangements exist as a result of faults in the current system. These discounts are provided to payers by a number of different companies who call themselves a variety of vendor types. These companies use “Silent” discount arrangements as the basis for their entire business model.

Said Mr. Havard about the problem, “With most every provider willing to join most any PPO network today, the providers are doing their part, but the practice of “Silent” discounts is a multi-billion dollar business in our industry. Better initial selection of PPO’s by health plans and carriers has been proven as a way to eliminate the majority of out-of-network claims, which in turn will help eliminate the need for “Silent” discount arrangements.”

About L. Cade Havard

Recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, Mr. Havard has had the honor of meeting with U.S. Senator Bob Dole during the AAPPO Annual Meeting and the distinction of introducing U.S. Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX) at the 2006 AAPPO Capital Caucus.

Mr. Havard has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for a distinctive array of organizations over a period of twenty years. His extensive experience includes mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, and venture capital, as well as the effective use of technology to improve business and healthcare operations. Mr. Havard’s unique, entrepreneurial spirit and his ability to translate his visionary ideas into realistic, viable business tools have proven to be a successful combination.

Mr. Havard entered the healthcare industry when he developed one of the first fully integrated automated claims workflow systems in the United States. In 1998, he founded a PPO Administration Company, Ecom PPO.com, Inc., the first of its kind in the healthcare industry. Mr. Havard built a coalition of PPO’s, starting with 5 and growing to over 140. These networks trust the Ecom business model and recognize it as a way to improve their market share and improve their company’s overall performance.

About Ecom:

Ecom pioneered the concept of PPO optimization by utilizing its patent pending algorithms which dramatically improve the performance of PPO plans for employer sponsored health plans and insurance companies. Ecom levels the playing field for all PPO’s by helping those that acquire PPO services for the insurance industry to make the best possible selections while guaranteeing savings in completely quantifiable financial outcome in advance of implementation. Ecom’s analyses are recognized in the PPO community as being completely unbiased, as Ecom has no affiliation with any PPO. In addition to PPO analysis and selection, Ecom is the leader in PPO management for payers of all types. Ecom has a relationship with over 140 of the largest PPO’s operating in the industry and has long enjoyed the trust and respect of the PPO community.

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