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Media Contact: Cheryl Monkhouse
(404) 842-8516
cheryl.monkhouse@bcbsga.com

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Stephen W. Brown & Radiology Associates of Augusta, LLP Announce New HMO and PPO Agreement

AUGUSTA, Ga. – August 2, 2010 – Stephen W. Brown & Radiology Associates of Augusta, LLP (Brown & Radiology Associates) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) announced today the signing of a multi-year contract, which enables Brown & Radiology Associates to join BCBSGA’s HMO and PPO networks, effective August 1, 2010. Brown & Radiology Associates has also been a long-term member of the BCBSGA Indemnity Network, and that relationship will continue. In addition, the agreement includes The Imaging Center, located on St. Sebastian Way, the Evans Imaging Center, located on Towne Center Drive and University Open MRI, located on Wheeler Road.

The new contract means that all BCBSGA members will be able to gain complete access to Brown & Radiology Associates’ diagnostic radiology services as an in-network provider, effective August 1, 2010.

“Brown & Radiology Associates has been a long-standing participant in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia’s Indemnity network,” said H. Bradford Jones, Jr., M.D., President of  Brown & Radiology Associates.“ This HMO and PPO expansion is designed to make things easier for area employers and families by increasing their choices and access to high-quality imaging services.”

Brown & Radiology Associates provides diagnostic radiology services throughout the greater Augusta  area, and has been in the BCBSGA Indemnity network for  many years. With eighteen physicians, Brown & Radiology Associates provides ACR Accredited imaging services including: MRI, CT Scan, Ultrasound, Mammography (Digital), and general X-Ray as well as hospital based radiology services at several local hospitals, including University Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Trinity Hospital, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital, McDuffie Regional Medical Center and Burke Medical Center.

"We are truly pleased to welcome  Brown & Radiology Associates to the BCBSGA HMO, andPPO  networks," said Amy Cheslock, vice-president of health services, BCBSGA. "With the addition of Brown & Radiology Associates’ Imaging Centers, as well as hospital based services,  our members in the greater Augusta  area now have expanded in-network access to quality imaging services for HMO and PPO products."

BCBSGA is the oldest and largest health plan in the State of Georgia, currently serving approximately 2.6 million lives, offering a variety of healthcare plans, including medical, dental, life and specialty programs.

About Brown & Radiology Associates
Brown & Radiology Associates have provided diagnostic radiological imaging services for the CSRA for over 60 years. In 1947, Dr. Stephen W. Brown created Stephen W. Brown Radiology with the desire to provide quality diagnostic radiology services for the Augusta area. Since then, they have undergone many changes, yet have maintained the same desire to provide quality imaging services.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association®. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at www.BCBSGA.com.

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