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Inc. Magazine Names Complete Nutrition Fastest-Growing Private Nebraska Company

Posted: September 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

Omaha, Neb., Sept. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inc. magazine recently ranked Complete Nutrition No. 332 on its 31st annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The high-end nutritional supplement retailer is the fastest-growing private company from Nebraska on the list.

"Being named to the Inc. 500 list is a great honor," said Ryan Zink, president of Complete Nutrition. "It validates the hard work of our entire staff and reaffirms our commitment to helping people make positive life changes with best-in-class products combined with a consultative approach to health and fitness."

The 2012 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of the magazine, is the most competitive crop in the list's history. To make the cut, companies had to have achieved a staggering minimum of 770 percent in sales growth. Complete Nutrition's three-year sales growth was 1,145 percent.

"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is," says Inc. magazine Editor Eric Schurenberg.

Complete Nutrition currently has 160 stores throughout the country and plans to add approximately 150 locations throughout the next three years through franchising.

Complete Nutrition offers more than 200 exclusive general health, sports nutrition and weight-loss supplements. Employing certified personal trainers, former strength coaches and others experienced in health and fitness, Complete Nutrition differentiates itself from competitors through its consultative approach to nutritional supplements.

About Complete Nutrition

Complete Nutrition is a network of high quality nutritional supplement retail stores whose mission is to create a safe and effective weight management, sports nutrition, and healthy aging program to help customers look better, feel better, and perform better. Since 2005, Complete Nutrition has been helping people achieve their health and wellness goals by offering exclusive supplements at affordable prices. Staff members are athletes, certified personal trainers, nutritionists, and other people with experience in the health and fitness supplement retail industry. Founder Cory Wiedel and President Ryan Zink were named finalists of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2012 Central Midwest award. Complete Nutrition recently earned the following top honors from Entrepreneur Magazine in 2012: Franchise 500 award recipient, No. 2 Top New Franchise, No. 36 Fastest-Growing Franchise. Additionally, Complete Nutrition was named to the 2011 Allbusiness.com AllStar Franchises Top 300 list and ranked No. 332 on the 2012 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies. For more information about Complete Nutrition, call 866-366-5766 or visit http://www.CompleteNutrition.com

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Tour Report: Fitness: Distance

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By Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness

MB Scoop ThrowDistance with the driver, 3-wood, long irons, or even the scoring clubs is undoubtedly one of the most sought after improvements within the game of golf, and how to improve distance is one of the most frequently asked questions.

A number of components have a bearing on improving distance. Equipment appropriately fitted to your golf swing will be of benefit. Increasing the efficiency by which the golf swing is executed will invariably equate to increased swing speeds. Finally, a fitness component exists in the pursuit of distance.

The body executes the golf swing and generates speed within the biomechanics of the swing. The amount of speed the body has the ability to produce within the swing is dependent upon the power outputs of the muscular system. A specialized type of training can increase the power outputs of the body, thus providing the golfer with the opportunity to increase swing speeds on the physical side of the distance equation.

Med Ball Standing Side ThrowThis type of training is commonly referred to as plyometric training and increases the ability of your muscular system to generate speed. Relative to the sport of golf, speed development within the swing is acquired from the entire body. Three very good plyometric exercises to develop power for the golf swing are the Scoop Throw, Medicine Ball Side Throw, and Chest Pass.

Scoop Throw (Lower Body Power): Stand facing a concrete wall. Place the body 6-8 feet away from the wall, feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Grasp a 6-12 lb. medicine ball with both hands in front of the hips.

Bend the knees, squat downward, allowing the ball to move in between the legs. Forcefully extend the hips forward and throw the ball forward towards the wall. Catch the medicine ball, return to the starting position of the exercise, and repeat for 6-8 repetitions. Reset your body position between each throw and use the lower body during the exercise.

Medicine Ball Side Throw (Rotary Power): Stand 3-4 feet away from a concrete wall. Stand with the feet shoulder width apart, and knees slightly bent. Grasp a 4-12 lb. medicine ball and place your hands next to the left hip.

Forcefully rotate your hips to the right, throwing the medicine ball against the wall. Allow the hips to rotate and your arms to fully extend. Catch the medicine ball and return to the starting position of the exercise. Do not pause during this exercise but utilize the bodys stretch reflex during this exercise. Repeat the throw for 6-8 repetitions. Repeat the exercise sequence on the opposite side of your body. Create a rhythm with the throwing and catching of the medicine ball.

Chest Pass (Upper Body Power): Stand 6-8 feet away from a concrete wall. Place the feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, and hands grasping a 4-12 lb. medicine ball. Place the medicine ball directly in front of the chest.

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hCentive Gives Health Insurers Powerful New Capabilities For Improving State Health Exchange Integration

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RESTON, Va., Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --hCentive, Inc., the leader in post-PPACA healthcare exchange technology, today announced a series of upgrades to WebInsure Exchange Manager, the company's platform for integrating private health plans with PPACA-mandated state health insurance exchanges. The new enhancements will further assure health insurers of the performance, reliability and market needs of their plans within state exchanges, adding both efficiency and competitive advantage.

WebInsure Exchange Manager is the essential link for health insurance providers planning to participate in the state health exchanges established by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). As the necessary integration technology, WebInsure Exchange Manager allows providers to easily showcase plans, seamlessly process enrollment applications, track payments, and comply with reporting requirements, all on a state-by-state basis.

The three new capabilities in WebInsure Exchange Manager bring an even higher level of flexibility and assured capacity to any providers' state exchange presence. They include:

hCentive is continually looking for new ways to strengthen health insurers' competitive positions as federal healthcare reform unfolds," said Tarun Upadhyay, Chief Technology Officer of hCentive.

"These new capabilities will give the public the service they expect, while delivering the performance and flexibility insurance providers need to lead in the new health insurance environment."

To learn more about hCentive's WebInsure Exchange Manager, including a full technology and feature overview, go to http://www.hcentive.com/health-insurance-exchange-connectivity-platform.html.

About hCentive:hCentive is in the business of simplifying the complex world of health insurance. hCentive provides technology solutions for health insurers and state health agencies. These solutions help them reduce cost and administrative complexity, while enhancing relationships with their customers.

hCentive is the first organization to build an exchange solution from the ground-up post the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). hCentive has developed a deep understanding of healthcare reform and has crafted solutions and services that align with federal and state regulations and meet or exceed all industry standards.

The hCentive WebInsure Consumer, WebInsure Medicare and WebInsure Group platforms help health insurers cost-effectively acquire and manage individual, Medicare and small business customers. The hCentive WebInsure Private Exchange platform allows health plans to offer defined contribution plan marketplace to small business customers. The WebInsure State platform helps states create a health benefits exchange to comply with health insurance exchange requirements of the PPACA. The WebInsure Exchange Manager provides a complete connectivity solution for health plans to connect to State Exchanges. The WebInsure Cloud solution provides practical and cost-effective cloud hosting options to health plans.

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WellCare agrees to buy Calif. health plan operator

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- WellCare Health Plans Inc. said Thursday it agreed to buy Easy Choice Health Plan Inc., which offers Medicare Advantage plans in California.

The companies not disclose the price of the deal.

WellCare said Easy Choice covers about 34,000 Medicare Advantage plan members in Southern California, including 12,000 people who get Medicare Advantage coverage and are also on Medicaid. In 2013 Easy Choice plans to expand its offerings to San Diego and Northern California. WellCare said the deal should close during the fourth quarter and add to its net income in 2013.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval. WellCare said Easy Choice Medicare Advantage plan members won't have any changes in their benefits or coverage in 2012 and will be told about their benefits and coverage during the annual Medicare enrollment period this fall.

WellCare provides managed care for the government-sponsored health plans of Medicare, which covers the elderly and disabled, and Medicaid, which focuses on poor and disabled people. Medicare Advantage plans are privately run, subsidized versions of Medicare.

People who get health coverage from both Medicare and Medicaid are called "dual eligibles." They generate large numbers of medical claims and high expenses, so the federal government and state governments have been working to move more of those people to private insurance.

Easy Choice does business in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, and in 2013 it plans to expand into seven other counties.

WellCare said covered about 158,000 Medicare Advantage members in 11 states as of June 30 and expects to do business in 14 states in 2013.

Shares of WellCare Health Plans, which is based in Tampa, Fla., rose $1.96, or 3.4 percent, to $59.98 on Thursday.

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US health care wastes $750 billion per year, study finds

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US health care system squanders $750 billion a year roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, a new study shows. The sheer amount of waste suggests that deep cuts the the US heath care system may produce a more efficient, better-quality product.

The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.

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President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are accusing each other of trying to slash Medicare and put seniors at risk. But the counter-intuitive finding from the report is that deep cuts are possible without rationing, and a leaner system may even produce better quality.

"Health care in America presents a fundamental paradox," said the report from an 18-member panel of prominent experts, including doctors, business people, and public officials. "The past 50 years have seen an explosion in biomedical knowledge, dramatic innovation in therapies and surgical procedures, and management of conditions that previously were fatal ...

"Yet, American health care is falling short on basic dimensions of quality, outcomes, costs and equity," the report concluded.

If banking worked like health care, ATM transactions would take days, the report said. If home building were like health care, carpenters, electricians and plumbers would work from different blueprints and hardly talk to each other. If shopping were like health care, prices would not be posted and could vary widely within the same store, depending on who was paying.

If airline travel were like health care, individual pilots would be free to design their own preflight safety checks or not perform one at all.

How much is $750 billion? The one-year estimate of health care waste is equal to more than ten years of Medicare cuts in Obama's health care law. It's more than the Pentagon budget. It's more than enough to care for the uninsured.

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It's official: US health care is a mess

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By Maggie Fox, NBC News

If banking were like health care, it would take days to get money out of an ATM because the records would be lost. If airlines were like health care, pilots would decide on their own which safety checks to make, if any. If shopping were like health care -- well, you get the picture.

Its a mess, the Institute of Medicine says in a report released on Thursday. The U.S. health care system wasted $750 billion in 2009, about 30 percent of all health spending, on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud, and other problems.As many as 75,000 people who died in 2005 would have lived if they got the kind of care provided in the states with the best medical systems, the Institute found.

The report, issued just as candidates for Congress and for president make health care reform a central part of the national debate, doesnt pull any punches. The panel of experts assembled by the Institute, an independent body that is supposed to provide a non-partisan last word on important issues, leaves no doubt that U.S. health care now is anything but the best in the world.

"The threats to Americans' health and economic security are clear and compelling, and it's time to get all hands on deck," says Mark Smith, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation in Oakland and chairman of the panel.

"Our health care system lags in its ability to adapt, affordably meet patients' needs, and consistently achieve better outcomes."

But there's hope. "We have the know-how and technology to make substantial improvement on costs and quality.Our report offers the vision and road map to create a learning health care system that will provide higher quality and greater value," Smith says.

What I am seeing around the country is that people are absolutely committed to reform,says James Conway of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Massachusetts, who served on the panel.

Whether you look at the Republican platform or the Democratic platform, you find in pretty strong language the importance of developing a high quality health care system.

One of the biggest problems is that health insurers, hospitals and health systems dont learn from their mistakes, the report says. Half of all health care professionals still neglect to wash their hands properly before seeing patients, even though its one of the main causes of infections that kill tens of thousands of patients every year.

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Longevity linked to good genes, good diet

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Published: Sept. 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Researchers in Sardinia say the longevity of the world's oldest siblings -- nine brothers and sisters ages 105-78 -- was due to good genes and a good diet.

"Italian newspapers reported that the Melis family had been recognized by [Guinness World Records] as officially being the world's oldest siblings," Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com, said in a statement.

"Residing on the island of Sardinia the nine brothers and sisters total 818 years between them. Consolata, the oldest, just turned 105, followed by Claudia 99, Maria 97, Antonio 93, Concetta 91, Adolfo 89, Vitalio 86, Vitalia 81, and Mafalda 78. Consolata has nine children, 24 grand children and 25 great-grand children."

Researchers at the University of Sassari in Sardinia said the family's longevity might be due to genetics, strong family traditions and the seasonal fruits and vegetables -- particularly pears, prunes, or plums -- that they consumed as part of their Mediterranean diet.

For example, pears are high in flavonoids when eaten with the skin, which contains about half of the fruit's dietary fiber -- beneficial in preventing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. The pears are also high in phytonutrients as well carotenoids -- providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection, Lempert said.

"The high antioxidant content, combined with carotenoids in plums and prunes has been found to ward off macular degeneration, as well as being another good source of fiber," Lempert said.

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After-school program highlights cooking, nutrition

Posted: September 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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Dr. Jacqueline Jones of Berkshire Pediatric Associates is partnering with The Nutrition Center to launch a new after-school kids cooking and nutrition education program in Pittsfield this school year.

The partners are acting under a $12,000 pediatric grant it received from CATCH (Community Access to Child Health), a national program of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Body Mass Index (BMI) screening data, 34 percent, or 2,559 children in the Pittsfield public school district are considered overweight or obese.

BMI is calculated by using a formula that compares a person's height and weight with a set of BMI standards by gender. If a person's BMI number is above the 85 percentile, they are considered to be at risk of obesity; a BMI above the 95th percentile is an indicator of obesity.

"Learning basic cooking skills during childhood has been shown to lead to life-long behavior changes for better health," said Peter Stanton, director of The Nutrition Center. He holds a master of science degree as a registered dietitian and is a state-licensed dietitian/nutritionist.

The nonprofit Nutrition Center provides community-based-nutrition education, cooking classes and clinical nutrition counseling for better health and disease prevention. This summer, it opened a new office and moved its administrative headquarters from Great Barrington to Pittsfield.


"[Obesity is] such a huge problem in our population. We want to give parents and kids tools to be healthy," said Jones.

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Mt. Lebanon district recognized for student nutrition

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A top Agriculture Department official will visit Mt. Lebanon on Friday to honor the school district for its commitment to student nutrition.

Janey Thornton, USDA deputy undersecretary, will meet with parents and school officials, dine with students and present the HealthierUS Schools Challenge award, a program started in 2004 to promote improved nutrition and healthier school environments.

The honor, shared with about 4,000 schools nationwide, covers a variety of criteria, Ms. Thornton said. Schools must show that a certain percentage of their students participate in school meals; that they've established a wellness policy with food guidelines; and that they offer nutrition education.

"It is more of a comprehensive approach to good nutrition and wellness throughout the school as opposed to just what's on the school menu that particular day," she said.

Mt. Lebanon has offered elementary students unlimited fruits and vegetables since the lunch program's inception. Before it started three years ago, elementary students either went home for lunch or brought food to school.

The district established the program to ensure students eligible for free or reduced-price meals were eating lunch, said Tazeen Chowdhury, district food service director.

Much of the produce served at the elementary schools is grown on local farms and arrives via a distributor. The district started a "farm of the month" program last year, and this month features fruits and vegetables from Laurel Vista Farms in Somerset.

The HealthierUS Schools Challenge application took about six months to compile. And in July, new national regulations took effect, requiring more fruits and vegetables for student lunches, among other changes.

The district's foresight, Ms. Chowdhury said, made the transition easier.

"We knew we were already on the ball with it," she said. "We were way ahead of the curve knowing that this is the direction we want to go."

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Obesity, nutrition may up kidney stones

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Published: Sept. 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Increased obesity and poor nutrition may be fueling the increase in kidney stones in U.S. adults, a food expert says.

"It is possible that better reporting and treatment options for kidney stones may have contributed to the numbers, there are other factors that might lend themselves to the development of kidney stones in children and adults -- the increase in obesity and poor nutrition," Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com, said in a statement. "Low fluid intake and high intakes of sodium as well as animal fat and proteins can contribute to kidney stones as well."

A study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Rand Corp. found the number of U.S. adults getting kidney stones nearly doubled since 1994.

"Hydration and a proper diet are the best ways to prevent stone formation. Drinking fresh lemon in water may help reduce the risk of kidney stone formation," Lempert said in a statement. "Lemon juice increases the level of citrate in the urine, which in turn may prevent the formation of kidney stones."

For some, avoiding certain high-oxalate foods may aid in preventing kidney stones including: Swiss chard, rhubarb, spinach, beets, wheat germ, soybean crackers, peanuts, okra, chocolate and sweet potatoes. Medium-oxalate foods include grits, grapes, celery, green pepper, red raspberries, fruitcake, strawberries, marmalade and liver, the Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation said.

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Hantavirus in Yosemite: World Health Organization issues alert

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The World Health Organization is the latest agency to weigh in on the recent hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite National Park, issuing an advisory about the rare disease that has killed two and sickened four.

Issued Tuesday though the agency's "global alert and response network," the notification summarizes the Yosemite outbreak and advises travelers to "avoid exposure to rodents and their excreta."

The agency also sent several tweets about hantavirus Wednesday.

"If you stayed in the Signature Tent Cabins in Yosemite National Park, USA, since June 2012 & have #Hantavirus symptoms, see a doctor," read one message.

"Doctors, if you have patients with #Hantavirus symptoms, ask for their travel history," read another.

The tweets came the same day Dr. David Wong, an epidemiologist with the National Park Service's Office of Public Health, confirmed to The Times that U.S. health authorities had notified 39 other countries whose citizens may be at risk for hantavirus after recently traveling to to the park.

Six hantavirus cases have been linked to the park, two of which were fatal. Yosemite officials have traced five of the cases to the tent cabins, saying a design flaw allowed mice to get inside the walls of the insulated cabins.

Park officials have sent letters or emails to about 3,100 people who reserved any of the 91 signature tent cabins during that period, urging them or anyone in their party to seek immediate medical attention if they start to show the initial flu-like symptoms of the disease.

The disease is rare 587 cases were diagnosed nationwide from 1993 and 2011, of which about one-third were fatal, according to the CDC.

But the cases at Yosemite are perhaps even more rare. Park officials and public health authorities said they had not heard of more than one case of the disease in the` same location within a year.

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WellCare to Acquire Easy Choice Health Plan in California

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Tampa, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2012) -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (WCG) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Easy Choice Health Plan, Inc. As of September 2012, Easy Choice serves approximately 34,000 Medicare Advantage plan members in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in Southern California. This includes approximately 12,000 Medicare Advantage dual special needs plan (D-SNP) members, making Easy Choice one of the largest D-SNPs in Los Angeles County.

"Easy Choice has become one of the most rapidly growing Medicare Advantage plans in California by offering attractive benefits and service to members and providers," said Alec Cunningham, WellCare`s CEO. "WellCare`s and Easy Choice`s complementary focus on care management, quality, and provider and community relations will enable strong, continued growth in the state.

"As is the case with our pending acquisition of Desert Canyon in Arizona, this acquisition will provide us with a significant presence in a new and attractive market, and will give us a platform for meaningful growth in the western United States across our complementary lines of business," said Cunningham.

Easy Choice will increase its 2013 service area to 11 California counties, including the San Diego area, as well as five counties in northern California. "More than 60 percent of California`s 5 million Medicare eligibles reside in these counties," Cunningham said. In addition, in 2013, Easy Choice anticipates offering Medicare Advantage chronic condition special needs plans in five of its 11 county service area.

For the remainder of 2012, Easy Choice Medicare Advantage plan members will experience no change in their plan benefits and coverage. Easy Choice members will be notified of 2013 benefits and coverage in conjunction with the Medicare Annual Election Period this autumn. "We will work closely with Easy Choice to help ensure a smooth transition for members," said Cunningham.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals. WellCare expects the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2012, and anticipates that it will be accretive to WellCare`s 2013 net income.

For 2013, WellCare currently expects its Medicare Advantage service area will include more than 200 counties in 14 states, and the company expects to offer D-SNPs in most of those counties. As of June 30, 2012, WellCare served 158,000 Medicare Advantage members in 11 states, an increase of 27 percent year-over-year from 124,000 members as of June 30, 2011.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc. WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company served approximately 2.6 million members nationwide as of June 30, 2012. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company`s website at http://www.wellcare.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains "forward-looking" statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. For example, statements regarding WellCare`s financial outlook, the timing of the closing of the acquisition of Easy Choice Health Plan, Inc. and its 2013 Medicare Advantage service area are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause WellCare`s actual future results to differ materially from those projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, WellCare`s progress on top priorities such as improving health care quality and access, ensuring a competitive cost position, and delivering prudent, profitable growth, WellCare`s ability to effectively manage growth, WellCare`s ability to address operational challenges relating to new business, and WellCare`s ability to effectively execute and integrate acquisitions.

Additional information concerning these and other important risks and uncertainties can be found under the captions "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in WellCare`s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and in WellCare`s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2012 and other subsequent filings by WellCare with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain discussions of WellCare`s business and the various factors that may affect it. WellCare undertakes no duty to update these forward-looking statements to reflect any future events, developments, or otherwise.

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Cardinal Health Elects Clayton M. Jones to Board of Directors

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DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Cardinal Health is pleased to announce that the board of directors has elected Clayton M. Jones as director, effective Sept. 13. Jones, 63, is chairman, president and CEO of Rockwell Collins, Inc., a Standard & Poor's 500 aviation electronics and communications equipment company.

"We are extremely pleased that Clay Jones has joined our board of directors," said George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "Clay has a long track record of success leading a global organization in an industry which has gone through significant changes over his tenure. Clay is also a seasoned director having served on the board of Deere & Company since 2007. We are excited about the opportunity to benefit from his operating experience and his strategic insights. We welcome Clay to the Cardinal Health family."

In 2001, Jones became president and CEO of Rockwell Collins, Inc. as the company was spun off from Rockwell International. In 2002, he also became chairman of the company.

He served as vice president and general manager of the Collins Air Transport Division and as corporate senior vice president of Government Operations and International in Washington, D.C., where he represented all Rockwell businesses to international and domestic customers. In 1982, he was sponsored by Rockwell to serve a fellowship in a White House Executive Exchange program where he was assigned to the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining the Rockwell defense electronics business in 1979, Jones served eight years in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot.

Jones serves on the board of directors of Deere & Company and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He also serves on the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association. In addition, Jones is a member of The Business Roundtable, The Business Council and the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Jones holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Tennessee and an MBA from The George Washington University.

About Cardinal Health Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH) is a $108 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #21 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

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Life Extension Nutrition Center Healthy Living Fair celebrates first-year anniversary September 7-15

Posted: September 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Spinal-pelvic stabilizer testing, bone density testing, body composition analysis and more will be offered free as part of the Life Extension Nutrition Center one-year anniversary Healthy Living Fair beginning Friday, September 7 and running until Saturday, September 15 at the Life Extension Nutrition Center. The Nutrition Center is located at 5990 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.

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The entire week offers a wide-range of free health lectures, interactive forums, panel discussions and health screenings designed to make the South Florida community aware of how to live healthier longer. The health fair gets started Friday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m. with an exhibition of sports nutrition manufacturers featuring the latest products for weekend sports enthusiasts and serious athletes. Jaime Mass, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., will discuss nutrition to fuel your inner athlete.

Saturday, September 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., features health screenings, health exhibits and a focus on dietary supplements with plenty of product samplings. Kimmi Le, Life Extension pharmacist, will present a lecture on the ABC's of hormone replacement therapy.

Pets will be included too. Monday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. brings a healthy pet forum and a lecture about natural health for pets by Bill Piechock of the Pet Deli.

Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m. features Dave Walker, N.D. discussing how to de-stress from cellular inflammation and combatting inflammation through diet.

Wednesday, September 12 brings Life Extension's Michael A. Smith, M.D. talking about gut health and the link between gut health and age-related diseases like cardiovascular disease and chronic inflammation, and foods and supplements to help maintain a healthy gut.

Thursday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m. is the stress management forum featuring free exhibits , focusing on yoga, meditation, massage holistic health and a free lecture by Judith Thompson, N.D. discussing the latest buzz about stress.

On Friday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. it's ballroom dancing night with free merengue dance demos and lessons, plus a lecture on how you can dance your way to a longer life.

Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers an array of South Florida health services with over 20 health and fitness organizations providing wellness information and demonstrations. A few featured services are chiropractic, skin fitness and yoga.

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Ascension Health Alliance and Marian Health System Sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Ascension Health Alliance, the parent organization of Ascension Health, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Marian Health System intended to lead to the three regional health systems that comprise Marian Health System becoming part of Ascension Health.

Ascension Health Alliance and the health systems of Marian Health share a common goal of serving all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable, said Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Health Alliance. This step is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen Catholic healthcare in the U.S. The systems are all committed to serving the community and advocating for the common good.

Marian Health System was founded in 1989 and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. It consists of three regional systems: Via Christi Health in Wichita, Kan., which is currently an Ascension Health affiliate; Ministry Health Care in Milwaukee; and St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla.

Marian Health System and its three health systems are energized and view becoming part of Ascension Health as a way of strengthening Catholic healthcare in the U.S., said Sister M. Therese Gottschalk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marian Health System. Together our organizations will further the Mission of delivering spiritually centered, holistic care, which sustains and improves the health of individuals and our communities.

Via Christi Health has a rich history of more than 100 years of serving Kansas and the surrounding regions, said Jeff Korsmo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Via Christi Health. Ascension Health has been part of that history, and the Memorandum of Understanding is a natural progression to strengthen that successful relationship.

Our ability to care for and support the Wisconsin community and continue to grow will be greatly enhanced as part of Ascension Health, said Nick Desien, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ministry Health Care.

Ascension Health and St. John have similar values and a shared focus of strengthening Catholic healthcare, with special attention to serving the poor and vulnerable, said David J. Pynn, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. John Health System. This partnership has the opportunity to strengthen the future ministry and healthcare operations for both organizations, and grow our Mission of service to the communities.

Due diligence and the development of a definitive agreement will occur in the coming weeks and months. The organizations anticipate completing the process and reaching a definitive agreement by the end of the first quarter of 2013. At this point, no assumptions should be made regarding changes to the existing credit structures of each of the three health systems of Marian Health System. Specific terms of the MOU and the agreement are confidential.

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Gorman Health Group's Valencia Reaches $20 Billion in Capitation Management

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gorman Health Group, leading consulting and solutions provider to companies in Medicare Advantage and Part D, is proud to announce that their premier financial reconciliation software, Valencia, now manages $20 billion USD in Medicare capitation payments.

With almost 6 million beneficiaries under its management, Valencia serves as a plan's single source for CMS membership, payment and reconciliation data. This software also connects PDE data with membership discrepancies, manages Coordination of Benefits and Medicare Secondary Payer activities, addresses Out of Area discrepancies within plan data, and more.

Valencia is the first capitation management software designed specifically for Medicare Part C and D contractors. Available as a complete workflow management tool or as task-specific modules, Valencia integrates plan data, CMS data and operational workflow controls to ensure timely, accurate and compliant reconciliation work by health plan processors. Across both its technology tools and its professional services, Gorman Health Group solutions are designed around identifying and fixing the root cause issue to deliver plans lasting results.

"Correct payment from CMS requires airtight controls on operational workflow," said Aaron Eaton, Senior Vice President of Consulting Services at Gorman Health Group. "Financial Officers must have insight into the state of operations in order to more correctly project revenue. And operations staff needs to understand the financial implications of these critical plan functions. This tool breaks down the walls between departments and streamlines revenue management."

About Gorman Health Group | http://www.gormanhealthgroup.com

Gorman Health Group is a national health care professional services firm staffed by subject-matter experts, former health plan executives and seasoned regulators. For 15 years, hundreds of clients serving millions of beneficiaries have leveraged the strategic counsel and technology solutions of GHG to achieve growth objectives, maintain compliant operations, improve market position, and advance growth and profitability objective. Learn more at gormanhealthgroup.com.

For more information: Ben Jensen Gorman Health Group, LLC (202) 364-8283 bjensen@gormanhealthgroup.com

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Health Systems International Ranked Among the Nation's Fastest-Growing Healthcare Companies by Inc. 500|5000 for the …

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire -09/05/12)- Locally based Health Systems International is one of the nation's fastest-growing healthcare companies according to Inc. magazine.

Health Systems International ranked 204th among private healthcare companies by Inc. 500|5000 through an exclusive ranking system of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Health Systems International also claimed the 2,503rd spot on the magazine's overall listing of the fastest growing companies for 2012.

Health Systems International provides medical cost management solutions to healthcare payers in multiple markets throughout the world. Founded in Indianapolis in 1987, the company employs approximately 175 people nationwide. The magazine based the ranking on Health Systems International's 2011 revenue of $40.1 million, a 97 percent increase over 2008 revenue of $20.3 million.

Health Systems International combines decades of reimbursement data, pre-contracted provider arrangements and the market's widest array of medical cost management (MCM) solutions with the right blend of technology, services, ingenuity and expertise to save payers money on in-network and out-of-network healthcare billings.

"Our growth is a reflection of our team's ability to meet the needs of our clients and the marketplace," said Anthony Browne, President of Health Systems International. "With healthcare costs continuing to climb and reimbursement systems in flux, more and more payers are discovering the value of the services we offer. Our business grows because we save people money on their healthcare costs."

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year's list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.

"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward," says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg. "Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is."

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

About Health Systems International

Health Systems International provides medical cost management solutions to healthcare payors in multiple markets throughout the world. The company connects clients to the lowest possible cost of care utilizing advanced technology, customized solutions, exclusive offerings, and personalized service to drive optimal savings and reduce administrative demands.

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Trinity Health Corporation Selects RL Solutions Incident Management Reporting Software

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Tenth largest healthcare system in the United States will implement RL6:Risk throughout its facilities

TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - RL Solutions, developers of innovative and easy-to-use healthcare quality and safety software, announced today that Trinity Health Corporation has selected RL6:Risk to enhance patient safety and track, manage, and analyze incidents.

Trinity Health is the tenth largest healthcare system in the United States, with a ten-state network of 49 acute-care hospitals, 432 outpatient facilities, and 33 long term care facilities. RL6:Risk will be implemented throughout these facilities to allow the organization to further promote a culture of safety as well as improve the efficiency of work processes for quality and risk management.

Prior to RL6, Trinity Health had been using an internally built incident reporting system. Although effective as a means of gathering incident information, Trinity Health's needs eventually outweighed the system's capabilities, prompting the search for a more robust tool. Before deciding on RL Solutions, Trinity Health went through a vigorous selection process to learn about the different solutions in the market, reviewed RL6:Risk's exclusive endorsement from the American Hospital Association and selected RL6:Risk based on its need for a solution that was easy to use and flexible,

"Trinity Health participates in business relationships that are collaborative and beneficial to its ministry especially to our patients," said Rebecca Havlisch, Vice President Insurance and Risk Management for Trinity Health. "We look forward to the promise of our collaboration with RL Solutions and expect the rollout of RL6:Risk to help us achieve the patient safety improvements we seek."

"Trinity Health is a national healthcare leader, committed to its communities and to improving patient safety across its 10-state enterprise," said Sanjay Malaviya, President & CEO, RL Solutions. "Initiatives such as 'Caring Excellence', in which the latest clinical advances and health information technology are leveraged for the benefit of patients across the country, are just one of many examples of this leadership. RL Solutions is honored to play a role in Trinity's ongoing commitment to patient safety."

About RL Solutions RL Solutions designs innovative healthcare software for patient feedback, incident reporting & risk management, infection surveillance and claims management. At RL Solutions, nurturing long-lasting relationships with our clients is what we do best. RL Solutions has over 1,100 clients, including healthcare networks, hospitals, long-term care facilities and more. RL Solutions is a global company with offices in Canada, the United States, Australia and the UK. For more information, visit http://www.rlsolutions.com, or follow @rlsolutions on Twitter.

About Trinity Health Trinity Health is the 10th largest health system in the nation and the fourth largest Catholic health care system in the country, by total number of hospitals and total bed count, respectively. It was formed in 2000 when the Holy Cross Health System merged with Mercy Health Services. Sharing the traditions of its founders, the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit and the Congregation of the Sister of the Holy Cross, Trinity Health is devoted to a ministry of healing and hope and draws on a rich and compassionate history extending beyond 140 years. For more information, visit http://www.trinity-health.org, or follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.

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Lost decades — Longevity gains decline for Blacks, Latinos and less educated

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By Paul Kleyman Contributing Writer

CHICAGO (Special from New America Media) The longevity gap between two Americas has widened since 1990, says a new study. One America is mostly white and well educated, and the other is ethnic or undereducated and dying about decade sooner than their more affluent counterparts.

The gap between college-educated whites and African Americans who did not complete high school is simply unbelievable, stated S. Jay Olshansky, lead author of the extensive new analysis published in the August issue of the prestigious health policy journal Health Affairs.

Former nurse Ollie Burton, shown last year at age 103 at the Kissito Healthcare's nursing home in Midland, Tex., represents the longevity exception.

The researchers, who crunched mortality numbers in key databases from 1990-2008, found that white men in the United States with 16 years or more of schooling had life expectancy at birth 14.2 years longer than African American males with fewer than 12 years of education. The gulf between well-educated white women and black women with low educational levels was 10.3 years.

The research study is published with the stark title, Differences in Life Expectancy Due to Race and Educational Differences Are Widening, and Many May Not Catch Up. It is the latest publication by a the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, a roster of 15 leading academic experts in aging and longevity.

Low Education Shortens Life for All Groups

The report shows that lower educational levels marked declining life expectancy within every demographic group examined.

The gap between black women of high versus low educational levels was 6.5 years, and for Latinas the difference was 2.9 years. For males the longevity gaps were 12.9 years among whites, 9.7 years among blacks and 5.5 years for Hispanics.

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Nutrition for older adults: Eat your way to good health

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Good nutrition is important at every stage of life. In fact, as you age, the risks for nutrition-related diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis increase.Yet for millions of older Americans, maintaining healthful eating habits is a struggle. Many older adults not only eat meals low in nutrients, but skip meals altogether. Poor nutrition can lead to weight loss, lightheadedness, lethargy, loss of appetite, prolonged recovery from illness and disorientation.

If you or a loved one has gotten out of the habit of eating well, take heart that food can be fun at any age. Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Centers, which support local affiliates in West Orange, Newark, Long Branch and Van Dyke Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Toms River, suggest the following to help you get back on the road to proper nutrition and good health:

Make your mouth happy. Intensify tastes by adding flavors and sweeteners, such as herbs, sauces, syrup, butter flavoring, etc. In addition, combine different textures.

Sharpen your shopping skills. Consider doing your grocery shopping at convenient times when the store is not crowded. In addition, stretch your dollars by considering unit pricing, that way you can get the same food for less.

Enjoy food with friends.Whenever possible, make eating a fun social event. Invite friends or family to join you for meals or consider joining a community group dining program where you can make new friends.

Activate your appetite. By getting exercise and remaining physically active you can boost your mood, improve your health and increase your appetite.

Complement your cooking. If you cant get all the nutrients you need from food, you may want to consider taking a vitamin and mineral supplement. Discuss with your physician which are best for you.

To learn more about eating a wellbalanced diet, contact your physician or a registered dietitian.Also, be sure to consult with your doctor before making any changes to your current diet or exercise plan.

Established in 1981, Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center provides comprehensive physical, emotional and spiritual care and support services to patients with advanced illness throughout ten counties in New Jersey.The program, which serves infants, children, adults and the elderly, honors the unique choices and values of patients and their families while offering full access to the broad array of services provided by the Barnabas Health. For more information, visit http://www.barnabashealthhospice.org.

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