MultiPlan to Award Grants to Ten Rural Hospitals

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MultiPlan, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest independent PPO network, is now accepting applications for its 2010 Rural Health Outreach Grant.

MultiPlan, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest independent PPO network, is now accepting applications for its 2010 Rural Health Outreach Grant. The program, now in its 15th year, awards ten hospitals serving rural areas grants of $3,000 each to help them introduce or expand services, education, screenings and other endeavors aimed at improving the health of people in their communities.

“The healthcare needs of the people in rural communities are as diverse as the geographic regions of our country,” said Dr. Paul Goldstein, Corporate Medical Director for MultiPlan. “From upstate New York to southern New Mexico and many places in between, these grants enable our healthcare providers to better serve the people who make their homes in the rural areas of our nation.”

The grant is available to rural hospitals participating in MultiPlan’s PHCS, MultiPlan and/or HealthEOS Networks as well as the Beech Street and Texas True Choice networks which were added to the program when MultiPlan acquired Viant in March, 2010. An application for the grant is posted in the Providers section of MultiPlan’s website at http://www.multiplan.com. Completed applications must be received by June 30, 2010. Grant recipients will be announced in August.

MultiPlan has awarded nearly $330,000 through the Rural Health Outreach Grant program. Recipients have used the grant to help fund a wide variety of health services including: health care clinics, skin cancer prevention screening, nutrition and weight management education, and mental health counseling. Information about previous grant recipients is available on the MultiPlan website. For specific questions about the grant, contact MultiPlan at rural (at) multiplan (dot) com.

About MultiPlan:
MultiPlan, Inc. is the industry’s most comprehensive provider of healthcare cost management solutions. The company provides over 2,300 clients with a single gateway to a host of primary, complementary and out-of-network strategies for managing the financial risks associated with healthcare claims. Clients include large and mid-sized insurers, third party administrators, self-funded plans, HMOs and other entities that pay claims on behalf of health plans. Incorporated in 1980, MultiPlan is owned by a group of investors led by the Carlyle Group. For more information, visit http://www.multiplan.com.

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