WellPoint completes AIM acquisition

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Health benefits provider WellPoint announced that it has completed its acquisition of American Imaging Management (AIM), a radiology benefit management and technology company. AIM will remain headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., as a wholly owned operating division of Indianapolis-based WellPoint and will continue to be led by its president, Dave Harrington.

Angela Braly, president and CEO of WellPoint, said that the primary strategic goal of the acquisition is to achieve more affordable and appropriate diagnostic imaging services for its members.

AIM pioneered the integration of technology and clinical content for radiology management through the introduction of web-based prior authorization in 2002. Its platform allows ordering physicians to directly submit information and receive real-time evaluation against widely accepted clinical guidelines.

AIM currently serves health plan clients representing over 20 million consumers. The acquisition will be accretive to earnings beginning in 2008, according to WellPoint.