Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY) announced today that it has been awarded a full, two-year accreditation for Health Utilization Management, Version 5.1, by URAC, the Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. Healthways was also granted a full, two-year accreditation renewal of its Disease Management Organization Standards, Version 2.0, for the Company™s diabetes, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, oncology, depression, impact conditions, renal and asthma programs. Healthways StatusOne High-Risk Care Management Program renewed its URAC Case Management, Version 3.0, accreditation.

URAC™s accreditation review process has been evaluating the products and services provided by Healthways since 2002, which points to Healthways™ unwavering effort in delivering best-in-class, evidence-based solutions to improve health, said Pam Hara, Healthways Senior Vice President Quality and Outcomes. We are proud to again be recognized by URAC, and commend the organization for its rigor in establishing excellence in the health care industry.

The Health Utilization Management accreditation covers Healthways™ chiropractic care management program, which provides a comprehensive national chiropractic network to both patients and practitioners. It offers the clinical expertise of 14,000 industry-leading chiropractors and doctors, and includes comprehensive services like network management, utilization management, credentialing, analysis and reporting, claims processing, provider relations and member services and education.

Healthways Disease Management Organization Standards renewal is for all of its disease management programs. These programs help chronically ill members learn how to control their condition and live healthier, more productive lives. Each of the programs focus on prevention, education, behavior change and evidenced-based medicine. Healthways StatusOne High-Risk Care Management Program provides solutions for those at highest risk of hospitalization through intensive one-on-one nurse support.

By applying for and receiving Disease Management, Case Management and Health Utilization Management Accreditation, Healthways has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care, said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. Quality health care is crucial to our nation™s welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards and undergo rigorous evaluation by an independent accreditation body.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation and certification programs. URAC’s offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC strives to ensure that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit

About Healthways

Healthways is the leading provider of specialized, comprehensive Health and Care SupportSM solutions to help millions of people maintain or improve their health and, as a result, reduce overall healthcare costs. Healthways’ solutions are designed to help healthy individuals stay healthy, mitigate and slow the progression of disease associated with family or lifestyle risk factors and promote the best possible health for those already affected by disease. Our proven, evidence-based programs provide highly specific and personalized interventions for each individual in a population, irrespective of age or health status, and are delivered to consumers by phone, mail, internet and face-to-face interactions, both domestically and internationally. Healthways also provides a national, fully accredited complementary and alternative Health Provider Network, offering convenient access to individuals who seek health services outside of, and in conjunction with, the traditional healthcare system. For more information, please visit

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