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Knowledge and Empowered Choice Still Essential to Finding the Best Healthcare

April 7, 2014

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often referred to as "Obamacare"), the direction of healthcare services in the united states has been on a steady path of change, with regard to: diagnostic and interventional technologies; models of care; methods, locations and platforms for the delivery of care; quality assessment and improvement; health insurance and coverage for consumers; reimbursement to individual and institutional providers of care; and the impact of all of these on healthcare professions, staffing, medical specialties and medical and allied health professionals' education. These fast-paced trends are complex enough for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals to understand, and have created challenges for hospitals and other healthcare delivery organizations.

What haven't changed are the basics of what enables any individual to seek the very best medical and healthcare services for him/her or for family members. Trusted and respected sources of information have always been the cornerstone of this process. And while turning to one's primary care physician has always been and will always be the best starting point, consumers also seek other sources, whether in print or online. For more than two decades Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the New York-based health research, information and publishing company, has been at the forefront of these efforts to help consumers identify those physicians who are outstanding across medical specialties and across the United States. "Clinical outcomes research supports the premise that Top Doctors Make a Difference™" said John J. Connolly, Ed.D., Castle Connolly's President & Chief Executive Officer. Castle Connolly has identified more than 36,000 physicians - Castle Connolly Top Doctors© - and provides that information through a variety of print and online vehicles. "We are proud that our America's Top Doctors© guide with more than 6,700 specialists and sub-specialists - reflective of the top 1% in the nation - is now available in its 13th edition, and for those consumers in the metropolitan New York area, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, now in its 17th edition, contains profiles of more than 6,400 primary care and specialty care physicians considered to be reflective of the top 10% of physicians in the tri-state NY area." The full Castle Connolly Top Doctors© database is accessible online at www.CastleConnolly.com with a variety of low-cost monthly or annual subscription fees. Valuable information about some of the nation's leading academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional medical cents, participants in Castle Connolly's Partnership for Excellence program, is also available on the site. And in the Castle Connolly online bookstore, consumers can purchase, America's Top Doctors© 13th ed., Americs's Top Doctors©:Top Doctors: New York Metro Area 17th ed., America's Top Doctors© for Cancer 9th ed. and other valuable consumer guides.

About Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is America's trusted source for identifying top doctors. Founded in 1991 by John K. Castle, (Chairman) and John J. Connolly, Ed.D. (President and CEO), its mission is to help consumers find the best healthcare. Under the direction of its physician-led research team, Castle Connolly receives annually more than 100,000 nominations of outstanding physicians in primary care and specialty care areas of medicine and located all across the U.S. The research team then reviews, screens and selects those most outstanding physicians to be Castle Connolly Top Doctors©. Castle Connolly's valuable top doctors information can be found online at www.CastleConnolly.com.

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