NU Online News Service, Jan. 25, 2005, 4:25 p.m. EST

A Philadelphia health insurer has agreed to do business with an outside administrative support services company for at least 3 more years.[@@]

The insurer, Independence Blue Cross, has agreed to extend an outsourcing contract with the support services company, Amisys Synertech Inc., Rockville, Md., to 2008. The old contract was set to expire 2005.

Amisys will continue to handle processes such as entering data from claim forms, adjudicating claims and issuing payments.