Ecom Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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On May 18, 1998, Ecom PPO Advisors, Inc.SM, formerly known as, Ecom, Inc., officially began its successful journey. Ten years later, they continue to lead the industry.

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On May 18, 1998, Ecom PPO Advisors, Inc.SM, formerly known as, Ecom, Inc., officially began its successful journey. Ten years later, they continue to lead the industry.

Over the past decade, Ecom has set out with a new strategic direction to deliver unprecedented primary PPO savings, selection, analysis and streamlined network administration workflow. In particular, this revolutionary focus substantially minimizes health insurance payers' out-of-network claims or "white space," navigates customers to the best-fit primary PPOs and shifts the paradigm for healthcare and its affordability for everyone.

"Since our inception Ecom has always tried to advance the PPO business by challenging the status quo of how things had always been done. The results of our work and innovations include the development and patenting of the "Virtual PPO Network", the first company to actually integrate PPOs at a three digit zip level, the first company to be able to select PPOs at the Member/Employee level and beginning June 1, the first real-time application, which allows the consumer to select the providers of choice and receive an instant selection of the PPO that is best suited to their needs. Ecom has led the way over the past 10 years in advancement in PPO selection and we plan to continue to lead the way in the future," said Ecom CEO and Chairman L. Cade Havard.

A few of the highlights of the past 10 years were being named to the Dallas Business Journal's Fast Tech 50, which is a list of the fastest growing high technology companies ranked by revenue growth from 1998-2001 in the Dallas Metroplex.

Also, Ecom's CEO and Chairman, L. Cade Havard, was elected to the coveted AAPPO (American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations) Board of Directors.

Another accomplishment for Ecom was the development of the company's wellness program. Ecom's pioneering wellness program was built from the ground up and has tailored its resources and programming to the specific needs of its employee base. The program has had many successes ranging from, being featured on Dallas-based television stations, ABC Channel 8-WFAA and Fox 4-KDFW, to inquiries on how to start corporate wellness programs from some of the nation's largest companies.

More recent accolades include, Ecom expanded to a second facility, sponsored a PPO networking conference, and earned the distinction as a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner.

The milestone that Ecom is most proud of is the billions of dollars it has saved its clients over the past decade.

"Ecom's progressive and entrepreneurial approach to service has been proven to be a pivotal point in the success rate and longevity of the organization. During this special time for our company, we'd like to express sincere appreciation to our clients, vendors, friends and most importantly, our Ecom family for their continued support as partners in our growth. I'm convinced that the next 10 years will be just as prosperous and favorable as the previous," said Ecom President and Chief Operating Officer Rachel Graham.

Ecom's 10-year anniversary celebration is uniquely themed around a Ty Beanie Baby, specifically, the "Decade Bear". Ecom chose to revel around this because their CEO and founder, L. Cade Havard and his family sold Beanie Babies to supplement their income during the first years of the company's existence. In 1998, the first Beanie Baby sale took place in Monroe, LA in a hotel meeting space and generated more than $16,000 in five hours. Ecom now jokes that they are "the house that Beanie Babies built".

About Ecom:
Ecom PPO Advisors, Inc. (Ecom), a Dallas-based company, has masterminded an unprecedented, industry-changing approach to PPO network savings, analysis, selection and administration. Only Ecom navigates health insurance payers through more than 130 nationally recognized PPO networks to pinpoint which PPO(s) "best-fit" their members needs based on access and discounts. Inclusive in Ecom's services are the streamlining of the organizations' network management and administration functions.

Today, Ecom remains the only advisor for payers that projects millions of dollars in maximum incremental healthcare savings each year for each client and guarantees their results. Ecom stands behind its unique analysis, customized recommendations and proven patent-pending technology. To demonstrate this commitment, Ecom bases its compensation on these projections.

Taking it one step further, Ecom's visionary advisors have charted new territory by substantially minimizing out-of-network claims or "white space" - yet another innovative first for the industry. Ecom now can significantly reduce out-of-network claims, by pinpointing the best primary PPO for every individual member and their families.

Ecom has one of the most sophisticated claims portals and one of the largest data repositories of repriced claims data in the industry. More details are available at .


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