HMS Employer Solutions Dependent Eligibility Audit Services Endorsed By The AHA

HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY), today announced that its Dependent Eligibility Audit services from HMS Employer Solutions have been exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of the AHA, awards the AHA endorsement to products and services that help member hospitals and healthcare organizations achieve operational excellence. Dependent Eligibility Audit services from HMS were selected for this endorsement following an extensive due diligence process.

On average, four to eight percent of dependents on an employer’s health insurance plan—and an even larger percentage for hospital employers—are not eligible for coverage. This represents a significant unnecessary healthcare expense for self-insured employers.

Dependent Eligibility Audit services from HMS help hospitals ensure that only eligible individuals are enrolled in the hospital’s health plan. This innovative cost-containment solution offers a guaranteed return on investment.

“As hospitals work to implement the policies of the health reform law, it is imperative that they balance the ability to attract and retain the best talent, while ensuring their money is being spent appropriately,” said Anthony Burke, President and CEO, AHA Solutions, Inc. “We explored a number of candidates that offer dependent eligibility audit services. Ultimately, we endorsed Dependent Eligibility Audit services from HMS because of its vast experience in the health care market and its employee-sensitive approach. The HMS system allows employer hospitals to ensure benefits are being spent on qualified dependents.”

HMS is proud to have been selected as an exclusive AHA partner,” said Maria Perrin, Chief Business Officer for HMS. “This endorsement speaks to HMS’s track record of success with employers across many industries, including hospitals. We look forward to working collaboratively with AHA members to help them achieve their cost-containment goals and ensure compliance with new and existing regulations.”

About the AHA

The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals and health care systems, networks, and other providers of care and 42,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

About AHA Solutions

AHA Solutions, Inc. is a resource to hospitals pursuing operational excellence. As an American Hospital Association (AHA) member service, AHA Solutions collaborates with hospital leaders and market consultants to conduct the proprietary AHA Signature Due Diligence Process™ and identify solutions to hospital challenges in the areas of care continuum, cultural transformation, clinical integration and financial sustainability. AHA Solutions provides related marketplace analytics and education to support product decision-making. As a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA), the organization convenes people with like interests for knowledge sharing centered on timely information and research. AHA Solutions is proud to reinvest its profits in the AHA mission: creating healthier communities. For more information, contact AHA Solutions at 800.242.4677 or visit www.aha-solutions.org.

About HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY)

HMS is the nation's leader in coordination of benefits and program integrity services for healthcare payors. HMS's clients include health and human services programs in more than 40 states; commercial programs, including commercial plans, employers, and over 120 Medicaid managed care plans; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and Veterans Administration facilities. As a result of the company’s services, clients recovered over $1.8 billion in 2010, and saved billions of dollars more through prevention of erroneous payments.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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