Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Choose Facts and Comparisons

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 24, 2003--Facts and Comparisons has been awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contract to provide a pharmaceutical information and herbal supplement interactions database to thousands of State and CMS Regional Office surveyors for the benefit of nearly 70 million Medicare and Medicaid patients. The State and CMS Regional Office surveyors visit healthcare sites (usually nursing homes) that request Medicare/Medicaid benefits to confirm that the healthcare sites are in compliance with Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation and that quality care is provided.

Facts and Comparisons will provide CMS with a CD-ROM version of eFacts that includes Drug Facts and Comparisons, Drug Interaction Facts, The Review of Natural Products, MedFacts: Patient Information Handouts, Drug Identifier, normal lab values, and standard medical abbreviations. As an integrated source of drug and interaction information for traditional medicines and herbal supplements, eFacts provides essential resources for the surveyors to ensure optimal care. The initial period of the contract award is approximately two years.

"We went up against some tough competitors to secure the business," said Ken Killion, Executive Vice President, Facts and Comparisons. "The win highlights our long-standing position as the leading provider of the highest-quality drug and herbal supplement information in the healthcare industry. Nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers will benefit from the use of our content along with millions of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries."

About Facts and Comparisons

For more than fifty years Facts and Comparisons, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has been the pharmacist's source for drug information. Print, CD-ROM, PDA, or Internet -- Facts and Comparisons offers trusted, unbiased drug information in a format to suit every need. With more than fifty products available, Facts and Comparisons is your destination for drug information needs.

About the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

As of July 1, 2001, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) became the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As part of a series of reforms, this name change was designed to help strengthen the healthcare services and information available to nearly 70 million Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the healthcare providers who serve them.

About Wolters Kluwer Health

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, and the pharmaceutical industry. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Facts and Comparisons; electronic information providers, such as Ovid Technologies and Medi-Span; and pharmaceutical information provider Adis International.


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