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HEALTHSOUTH AND VISA U.S.A. TEAM UP WITH USA/VISA DECATHLON TEAM

HEALTHSOUTH Corporation (NYSE:HRC), the official healthcare provider for the USA/VISA Decathlon Team, and Visa U.S.A., the team’s title sponsor since 1990, today launched a joint program with the sports team they already support with quality sports medicine services and financial resources.
The USA/VISA Decathlon Team is now featured on a new Visa poster that will be displayed in HEALTHSOUTH facilities. The poster is part of a complete HEALTHSOUTH implementation package that will outline procedures to improve administrative productivity and efficiency, and make collection of patient receivables easier and more effective. The package will also include innovative methods and payment options that providers can offer to help patients better manage healthcare.

HEALTHSOUTH is the nation’s largest provider of outpatient and rehabilitative healthcare services, with more than 900 locations in 45 states. HEALTHSOUTH currently provides sports medicine coverage for the more than 100 colleges and universities across the country and over 600 high schools. Coverage is also provided for 11 National Football League teams, 10 National Basketball Association teams, 12 major league and two National Hockey League teams. HEALTHSOUTH is currently building the $4 million Richard M. Scrushy/HEALTHSOUTH Sports Medicine Center in Colorado Springs as part of the United States Olympic Committee’s enhancement to the Colorado Springs Sports Complex. HEALTHSOUTH has provided sports medicine coverage for the USA/VISA Decathlon Team since 1993.

“HEALTHSOUTH is pleased to unite with Visa in a partnership that gives our patients payment options while they receive quality healthcare,”‘ said Richard M. Scrushy, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of HEALTHSOUTH. “We are excited to bring our medical expertise to the USA/VISA Decathlon Team and assist in the development of future Olympians.”

USA/VISA Decathlon Team coach Harry Marra praised HEALTHSOUTH and Visa for providing valuable support, medical and financial, to team members and other Olympic hopefuls.

“Athletes and non-athletes all need quality medical care to encourage and develop their individual talents,” Marra said. “The decathlon team is excited to join with Visa and HEALTHSOUTH in helping educate patients about payment options that ensure excellent healthcare is within their financial reach.”

“Visa is proud to team up with HEALTHSOUTH and the USA/VISA Decathlon Team to produce this poster and help make the importance of alternative payment options more visible and easier to understand for patients,” said Les Mann, senior vice president of healthcare marketing at Visa U.S.A. “With copayments and deductibles increasing, the healthcare community is rapidly turning to payment cards as the preferred payment option.”

In 1995, Visa healthcare transactions exceeded $6.6 billion, a 34 percent increase over 1994. Today, over 220,000 healthcare facilities nationwide accept Visa for payment, including 95 percent of hospitals, 80 percent of dentists and 51 percent of physicians .

Visa’s healthcare support materials, including staff training videos, an interactive diskette and custom signage, may be ordered by calling 1-800-VISA-311. Most of the kit materials are free while supplies last.

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Visa is the world’s largest consumer payment system. It plays a pivotal role in developing and implementing new technologies that benefit its 19,000 member financial institutions and their cardholders, businesses, governments and the global economy. Visa’s 464 million cards are accepted by more than 12 million merchants worldwide. The Visa/PLUS network consists of more than 277,000 ATMs in 100 countries. Visa’s Internet address is http://www.visa.com.

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