September 25, 2007

The Neiman Marcus Group Implements SHPS Integrated Care Management Programs

Following an in-depth search for a single vendor to help meet their corporate healthcare objectives, The Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) is implementing an integrated suite of care management programs provided by SHPS, the nation's leader in providing health advocacy and health benefits solutions. NMG, a premier luxury retailer dedicated to providing customers with distinctive merchandise and superior service, selected SHPS based upon its proven capabilities to provide various care advocacy programs under one umbrella, including comprehensive disease management, maternity management, lifestyle management, and 24-hour nurse line services.

"The Neiman Marcus Group understands the importance of keeping its employees healthy and helping them to effectively manage acute and chronic conditions," said Marita O'Dea, Chief Human Resource Officer, The Neiman Marcus Group. "Improving the health of our workforce not only benefits the lives of our associates, it reduces healthcare costs and increases productivity. By supporting our associates with SHPS' integrated programs, we will ultimately be improving their healthcare experience and ensuring positive health outcomes."

NMG's care advocacy programs will be easily accessible for associates and their dependents, with SHPS clinical advocates channeling individuals to the right resources to meet their health needs. SHPS' integrated care management solution -- which supports associates at all levels of health status -- is supported by HealthMedia's personal health assessment and lifestyle management programs. SHPS integrates these services with a comprehensive library of health content and tools, an online health portal and experienced health professionals with the goal of creating meaningful and sustained behavior change.

According to Reed Keller, SHPS' president, health management solutions, "The Neiman Marcus Group has done a superior job in managing the company's healthcare costs. Through this new partnership with SHPS and the introduction of programs to enhance employee health and productivity, The Neiman Marcus Group is positioned to better serve the needs of their associates."

About SHPS

SHPS provides a broad range of innovative health management tools, resources and services that empower consumers to make wise healthcare decisions. With comprehensive services that transform consumer health behaviors, SHPS' integrated delivery system maximizes the value of consumers' and employers' healthcare dollars. Among its many clients, SHPS serves large and mid-sized employers, health insurance carriers, third party administrators, Medicare Part D providers and government agencies. The company employs registered nurses and health professionals, employee benefit specialists and IT experts in facilities across the United States. Visit

About The Neiman Marcus Group

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Direct Marketing segment. The Specialty Retail Stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Direct Marketing segment conducts both online and print catalog operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. Information about the Company can be accessed at