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November 11, 2008

HealthCare Partners Rated a 'Top Performing California Physician Group' by IHA for Fifth Straight Year

Media Contact - Lynda Carre 310.354.4261

Torrance, CA – November 5, 2008
– This is the fifth straight year that HealthCare Partners was named by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) as one of the top performing California physician groups in the state. Every year, the IHA rates California physician groups in the key areas of clinical excellence, patient satisfaction, and use of information technology in support of patient care.

Furthermore, HealthCare Partners is one of only four California physician groups in the entire Los Angeles area to receive such distinction. The other California physician groups named by IHA as top performers are Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, UCLA Medical Group, and seven Southern California Permanente Medical Groups associated with Kaiser Permanente.

The IHA is a not-for-profit, statewide healthcare collaborative that seeks to improve the quality of healthcare provided by California physicians through special projects, policies, and education.   IHA members include major California health insurance companies, California physician groups and health care systems, plus academic, consumer, purchaser, pharmaceutical, and technology organizations.  Major health insurance companies in California use IHA’s measures to reward top California physician groups for their adherence to these standards through their pay for performance incentive programs.

To determine their top scorers, IHA compared 230 California physician groups that represent 35,000 physicians statewide, who care for more than 11 million patients.  HealthCare Partners scored in the top 20 percent of California physician groups on performance measures that include clinical quality measures (cancer screenings, immunizations, diabetes care, etc.), patient satisfaction measures (timely access to care, doctor-patient communication, etc.), and use of health information technology systems that support clinical decision making and promote evidence-based care.

“We are honored that HealthCare Partners remains recognized as a leading California physician group in showing the way to deliver quality healthcare. In the greater Los Angeles area over 500,000 patients–– many of them seniors with more complex health issues –– have entrusted HealthCare Partners’ California physicians with their well-being, “ said Dr. Robert Margolis, CEO and Managing Partner of HealthCare Partners. “We are proud of our exemplary clinicians and staff who, with passion and dedication, embrace our quality care initiatives and heartily commit themselves to doing what’s right –– putting our patients first.”

About HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group and HealthCare Partners, LLC
HealthCare Partners (HCP) manages and operates California physician groups and affiliated physician networks nationally in its pursuit of excellent quality healthcare delivered in a dignified and compassionate manner. HCP operates HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group (California), JSA Healthcare Corporation (Florida, Nevada, and Utah), The Camden Group (national consulting firm), and HealthCare Partners Institute. A leader in multispecialty integrated and coordinated care delivery, HCP’s medical groups and affiliated physicians care for more than 742,000 patients, including more than 141,000 Medicare Advantage members nationally.

HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group (HCPAMG) has earned awards for clinical excellence and patient satisfaction from the Integrated Healthcare Association, and has been recognized by health plans and business groups for medical leadership, the high quality of medical care delivered, operational effectiveness, and high rates of patient satisfaction. HCPAMG employs 500+ primary care and specialty physicians who care for patients in Los Angeles County and north Orange County, California, through 47 neighborhood offices, that include five urgent care centers, three medical spas, an ambulatory surgery center, and an on-site office at a large employer. HCP’s network of affiliated physicians, with the addition of PA, represents over 600 affiliated primary care physicians in hundreds of Greater Los Angeles area locations.

In 2006 HealthCare Partners, LLC acquired JSA Healthcare Corporation, one of the leading healthcare organizations in Central Florida, which owns and operates 27 primary care clinics with 46 primary care and specialty physicians, has eight pharmacies, and manages an affiliated physician network with 70 physicians in 44Tampa Bay and Orlando area locations.

Nevada and Utah operations include Summit Medical Group and affiliated physicians who have 89 locations with 233 physicians, P5 Health Plan Solutions (third party administration and medical management), Lexon Medical Resources (medical billing and practice management consulting) and File Management Services (file management and archive records storage).

For more information, visit www.healthcarepartners.com