News | November 11, 2008

Ameritas Serves Plan Members With Enhanced Dental PPO Network Online Directory

LINCOLN, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Ameritas Group Division announced an upgrade to the Ameritas PPO dental network's online provider directory. Karen Gustin, vice president - Ameritas group marketing and managed care, said new, intuitive features will make the online directory even easier for dental plan members to use.

Gustin shared a few of the highlights:

  • Daily updates of provider data help ensure the network directory and information are up to date with current practicing dentists (replaces weekly updates).
  • "Search by County" has been added to the search options, which also include search by address, city, state, ZIP code, preferred languages, dental specialty or desired radius (miles). When choosing search by desired radius, members receive the user-friendly results in order of closest proximity instead of alphabetically.
  • Maps and step-by-step driving directions from any address to the dentist's office make participating providers easy to find.
  • Members' searches can reveal up to 200 providers meeting the desired search criteria (formerly a maximum of 75).
  • Members can find a location by practice name which is helpful if they are looking for a particular provider but don't know the dentist's full name.
  • Members can use the directory to find out which doctors in any given practice are accepting new patients.
  • The provider listings alert members to any other discounts that may be available in addition to the already-discounted fees they enjoy by using network providers.

The Ameritas PPO serves millions of Ameritas Group Division's own dental plan members, as well as plan members of other companies whose plans offer access to the Ameritas network. Nationwide, plan members have more than 100,000 provider access points to choose from when seeking convenient, money-saving dental care.

About Ameritas Group
Ameritas Group, a division of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., a UNIFI company, has served customers since the mid-1970s and today provides dental, eye care and hearing care products and services for more than 53,000 employer groups, insuring more than 4.2 million people nationwide. In New York, products are offered through First Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York, a UNIFI company. Learn more at

Ameritas Group's Enhanced Online Directory is Powered by PRISM
PRISM is a software and services company that delivers solutions designed to empower informed healthcare decisions. PRISM is leading the market in delivering integrated tools designed for the needs of today's healthcare consumer. Founded in 1993, the company brings a deep understanding of provider databases and heath plan business rules to a consumer-focused web solution.

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