Trustmark Announces Best Doctors in Critical Illness Policies

02/22/2010

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions, a leading provider of payroll-deducted voluntary benefits, now includes Best Doctors® membership in all new Critical Illness policies. This gives policyholders access to comprehensive medical reviews to help confirm their diagnosis and ensure the best treatment plan, at no extra cost.

Best Doctors provides medical-decision support for some of the toughest medical situations such as conflicting diagnoses; choosing a course of treatment; whether a sub-specialist is required; finding highly skilled specialists for any given condition; or even which questions patients should ask their physicians. The Company works with its members to raise awareness through patient engagement programs.

“When policyholders have access to a value-added service like this, which includes highly skilled medical expertise, a database of 40,000 world-renowned doctors and specialists, they and their families can be more confident their diagnosis and treatment are on target,” said Alex Moral, Senior Vice President of Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions.

A Best Doctors analysis of clinical cases warranting review by their specialists uncovered alarming rates of system medical errors and misguided care including: wrong treatments 61 percent of the time; surgery inappropriately recommended in 38 percent of surgical cases; insufficient work-ups reported in 31 percent of cases; and misinterpretation of pathology or diagnostic tests in 12 percent of cases.

“We believe that if companies realize the impact that incorrect health care decisions can have on their employees and their bottom line, they will agree that receiving the right diagnosis and treatment is the foundation of cost containment and quality of care,” added Moral. “To us it’s more than just delivering product, it’s about giving middle-income Americans access to the protection they need when confronted with a critical illness.”

Critical Illnesses such as stroke, heart attack and cancer are life changing medical conditions that often require significant recovery periods and can lead to economic hardship. Trustmark’s Critical Illness insurance provides a lump sum cash payment for critical illness to help pay expenses such as family earnings replacement, experimental treatment, childcare, medical deductibles and travel expenses.

About Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions
Serving the voluntary market for nearly a century, Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions specializes in voluntary benefits, including Life, Critical Illness, Disability and Accident. Plans are underwritten by Trustmark Insurance Company, a Trustmark Company. Through its subsidiaries and operating divisions, the Trustmark Companies offer a full line of health, life, and benefit administration products and services to groups and individuals. The success of each Trustmark Company is based on building and maintaining trust through personal, responsive service and flexible benefit solutions. Trustmark is based in Lake Forest, Ill. To learn more, visit trustmarksolutions.com.

For details about Trustmark Critical Illness insurance or more information on voluntary benefits for employers with 100 or more employees, contact Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions at 800-840-4692.

Best Doctors is a registered trademark of Best Doctors, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Contact:
Cindy Gallaher
847-283-4065
cindy.gallaher@trustmarkins.com