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MCG Selected to Support $120 Million CMS Quality Improvement Effort Covering 19 States

Livanta to use MCG care guidelines to help achieve CMS Triple Aim

SEATTLE, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Livanta LLC, a government contracting firm, has licensed clinical guidelines from MCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) to support new Medicare quality improvement projects valued at more than $120 million. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Livanta the contracts under the restructured CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program.

Formerly Milliman Care Guidelines, we are now MCG, part of the Hearst Health network.

Under the restructured Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care (BFCC) QIO Program, Livanta will support case review and monitoring activities separate from traditional quality improvement activities by licensing MCG care guidelines that cover ambulatory, acute, recovery facility, home, and behavioral health settings.

"The new QIO program is an important part of CMS efforts to achieve the Triple Aim," said Jon Shreve, president of MCG. "With a successful record of supporting healthcare quality improvement across the country, Livanta is well-positioned to help make the restructured QIO program a success. We're pleased to have them as partners."

Livanta was awarded CMS contracts that cover two regions: the Northeast region, known as Area 1, includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the Virgin Islands.  The West Coast region, known as Area 5, includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii (including the Pacific Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State.

About Livanta LLC
Livanta LLC, established in 2004, is a privately-held, government contracting firm headquartered in Annapolis Junction, MD. The company's success lies within its team of knowledgeable professionals who are committed to providing excellent service and quality products. Livanta employs skilled professionals who specialize in request, receipt, imaging, formatting, and analysis of medical documentation and healthcare claims; financial and compliance audits; statistical sampling; calculating and reporting of claims payment error rates; data analysis and management; system security; IT solutions; and Medicare medical review and appeals review programs. For more information, please visit www.livanta.com (http://www.livanta.com).

About MCG
MCG, formerly Milliman Care Guidelines and now part of the Hearst Health network, independently develops and produces evidence-based clinical guidelines and software used by more than 2,200 clients, including 1,200 hospitals and 8 of the 10 largest U.S. health plans. Updated annually by an experienced team of clinicians, the care guidelines support the care management of a majority of Americans. For more information, visit www.careguidelines.com (http://www.careguidelines.com).

The Hearst Health network also includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person's health journey. To learn more about the Hearst Health network, please read the Hearst press release (http://www.hearst.com/newsroom/hearst-corporation-introduces-hearsthealth).

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