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CCH Acquires MEDICARE, MEDICAID Product Line From BNA

(RIVERWOODS, ILL. January, 10, 2002) – CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading provider of business and healthcare law information, services and compliance training said today that it had acquired the assets of the BNA Medicare/Medicaid Program Library from the Bureau of National Affairs, Washington, D.C. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

CCH (health.cch.com) is the country’s most trusted commercial source of print and electronic Medicare, Medicaid and healthcare related legal information for attorneys, healthcare providers, corporations and government agencies. Its highly regarded flagship product CCH Medicare and Medicaid Guide has provided timely, in-depth tracking, reporting, explanation and analysis of Medicare and Medicaid law to professionals since the inception of the government programs in 1966.

CCH and BNA have implemented a transition program that will aid subscribers of the BNA Medicare/Medicaid Program Library in moving to the CCH Medicare and Medicaid Guide on the CCH Internet Research NetWork or on CCH CD-ROM. CCH will begin fulfilling Program Library updates with the CCH Medicare and Medicaid Guide in February, 2002.

"We’re happy to welcome this new group of health and legal professionals to CCH," said Cathy Wolfe, publisher, CCH Health and Human Resources. "CCH is fully committed to providing them with the most authoritative entitlement and health law research and compliance materials available. I think they’ll be pleased with the breadth and depth of coverage CCH Medicare and Medicaid Guide provides and will find that recent enhancements to the product provide even greater value and ease of use."

"BNA carefully reviewed its options for the BNA Medicare/Medicaid Program Library and its subscribers," said Gregory McCaffery, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Bureau of National Affairs. "CCH has a strong reputation for topical expertise and analysis in healthcare, especially in the complex areas of Medicare and Medicaid law. We felt our customers would especially appreciate the timely and comprehensive coverage of the CCH Medicare and Medicaid Guide, combined with CCH’s excellent customer service."

In support of the customers’ transition to the CCH Guide, CCH will provide former BNA subscribers with product orientation, productivity tips and other training services through in-office demonstrations or via telephone. Those seeking customer service account administration or product support for their subscriptions can contact CCH Customer Service directly, effective January 2002. For training or other support, contact CCH at 800-449-9525.

CCH Medicare and Medicaid Guide offers full-text reporting of federal Medicare and Medicaid laws, regulations and provisions and summary reporting of state Medicaid programs. It includes coverage on complex reimbursement, prospective payment, eligibility and coverage rules for health care professionals and suppliers of health services, plus federal laws and regulations, manuals and forms. The CD-ROM version also features the optional HCFA Manuals. An optional archive CD-ROM contains opinions, decisions, rulings and other documents dating back to 1966.

About CCH INCORPORATED

CCH INCORPORATED, headquartered in Riverwoods, Ill., was founded in 1913 and has served generations of business professionals and their clients. For more than 50 years, the company has regularly tracked, reported, explained and analyzed health and entitlement law for healthcare providers, insurers, attorneys and consumers. CCH is the premier provider of Medicare and Medicaid information and publishes the industry standards, the CCH Medicare and Medicaid Guide and the CCH Healthcare Compliance Portfolio, as well as offers ComplianceEdge™, the e-learning program for healthcare compliance. CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S. The CCH web site can be accessed at cch.com. The CCH Health web site can be accessed at health.cch.com.

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