Covisint, a Compuware Company, Simplifies Multi-payer Information Exchange Across Michigan With MAHP

Michigan Association of Health Plans Now Exchanging Information With Several of the State's Largest Health Plans and Providers

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DETROIT, July 19, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Covisint, a Compuware (Nasdaq:CPWR) company, today announced that several Michigan health plans have coalesced under one entity -- Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP) -- leveraging Covisint ExchangeLink™. The Covisint platform-as-a-service offering helps MAHP simplify the administrative burdens of providers and bring secure online access to member eligibility, claims status, single-sign-on and other key areas for multiple health plans from a single location.

Some of MAHP's members leveraging Covisint ExchangeLink include PriorityHealth, Health Alliance Plan, HealthPlus, Molina, Great Lakes Health Plan, Midwest Health Plan and MPHI. "As an industry we must continue to focus on opportunities to improve the quality and efficiencies of healthcare," said Barry Coffield, AVP, Enterprise Operations, Priority Health. "By leveraging Covisint ExchangeLink, MAHP will quantifiably improve the way 'the business of healthcare' gets done statewide."

With the nation's healthcare spend comprising approximately one-sixth of the GDP -- about $2.3 trillion -- even the slightest reduction in administrative costs is significant. Additionally, health plans are under increasing competition and pressure to find the most efficient and cost effective methods to work together with providers. Covisint directly addresses these needs for MAHP with Covisint ExchangeLink for Healthcare, a solution that securely provides an information-sharing backbone, online collaboration tools and other services from a single point of access.

"Covisint's ecosystem approach enables the sharing of healthcare information from all of our members' systems, regardless of how simple or how complex their current technology infrastructure is," said Rick Murdock, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Health Plans. "This Covisint partnership positions MAHP member plans well ahead of the healthcare reform curve for simplification, efficiency and meaningful use."

Covisint designed ExchangeLink to simplify and save significant time every day for delivering services to individual physicians and physician practices via a non-disruptive, single-sign-on approach. For example, traditionally, a practice employing 20 physicians accessing eight different health plans could translate into managing 160 unique user names and passwords. However, with Covisint, physicians are required to maintain only one user name and password for secure access to the clinical and administrative information they need. This non-disruptive improvement accelerates and simplifies access, allowing physicians to spend more time focused on delivering care.

"The State of Michigan, particularly with MAHP's involvement, is quickly increasing its lead as a model state for health information technology, and member organizations are helping lead the charge by reaping the benefits of a true ecosystem approach," said Brett Furst, Covisint Vice President of Healthcare. "From the federal to the state to the local level, everyone is seeking new and better ways to improve how health information is securely exchanged and made available at the point of care. It's all about serving patients better through secure information access and cutting into the billions of dollars traditionally wasted due to past inefficiencies -- precisely where Covisint excels."

The Covisint solution is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) ecosystem providing a one-stop shop for healthcare organizations and caregivers to securely access applications and exchange information across the entire care delivery system. The Covisint ExchangeLink platform already serves more than 1,100 healthcare organizations nationally -- representing more than 290,000 physicians and care providers, including entire states, health information exchanges (HIEs), Medicaid programs, health systems and hospitals, as well as health plans.

Michigan Association of Health Plans

The Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP) is an industry voice for Michigan's health care plans. MAHP facilitates communication among members, government, and the industry regarding health care issues of common concern. The mission of the Michigan Association of Health Plans is to provide leadership for the promotion and advocacy of high quality, affordable, accessible health care for the citizens of Michigan.

Covisint, a Compuware Company

Covisint, a Compuware company, enables information ecosystems that quickly revolutionize organizations by providing secure communication and collaboration between people and systems in remarkably simple ways. Covisint is a recognized cloud computing pioneer driving the on-demand revolution that helps organizations connect, communicate and collaborate with their partners -- enabling anywhere, anytime information. The Covisint ExchangeLink platform provides industry-specific services for identity management, collaborative portals and data exchange, as well as a third-party application marketplace. Learn more at www.covisint.com.

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