April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983.

According to Prevent Child Abuse America, abuse and neglect affects more than 1 million children every year. This can have a harmful impact on children later in life as research shows a child’s early years significantly impacts his or her future successes. In fact, children who suffer severe adversity in childhood are more likely to suffer long-term intellectual, behavioral and physical health problems. Continue reading “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month”

Introducing WellCare’s 2017 Annual Review

Each year, WellCare releases its Annual Review, a compilation of company updates and activities from the previous year. Our 2017 theme is “This is WellCare,” which embodies who we are and why we do what we do for our members, providers, government partners, communities and associates.

WellCare’s journey began in 1985. While our company has grown, our mission remains the same: to help our members live better, healthier lives. Much of this growth is due to the tireless dedication of our nearly 9,000 associates who put our values – Partnership, Integrity, Accountability and One Team – into action every day. We’ve built a culture that cares about results and how those results are achieved. Continue reading “Introducing WellCare’s 2017 Annual Review”

Partnerships at Work

By Ken Burdick

Partnership is one of our longstanding values and a vital part of WellCare’s business. And when we think about the future of healthcare, partnerships span a broad spectrum, from joining forces with government partners to collaborating with members to help them get healthy and stay healthy.

As an industry, we know that one of our most important partnerships is with primary care physicians. We forge these relationships through value-based agreements that reward for quality care rather than the number of procedures completed. Continue reading “Partnerships at Work”

New Research Shows Value in Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Peer Support

A growing body of evidence finds that long before we need medical care, health begins in our homes, our schools and our neighborhoods.

In fact, it’s estimated that medical care accounts for only 10 to 20 percent of health outcomes. The rest can be attributed to social factors, or “social determinants of health,” like where you live, what you eat, how secure you feel and how connected you are to those around you. Continue reading “New Research Shows Value in Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Peer Support”

WellCare’s New Survey Reveals Struggles of Managing Aging Parents’ Substance Misuse & Abuse

When it comes to having “the talk” about the risks and dangers of drugs and alcohol, parents understandably tend to focus on having that conversation with their kids.

Increasingly, however, it seems parents need to be having this conversation with their aging parents as well.

According to a new WellCare survey, “The Tough Talk: Aging Parents and Substance Abuse,” 90 percent of adults say they have discussed the risks and consequences of overusing/misusing/abusing drugs and alcohol with their children, while only 68 percent of adults have had that same conversation with a parent, stepparent or parent-in-law. Continue reading “WellCare’s New Survey Reveals Struggles of Managing Aging Parents’ Substance Misuse & Abuse”

WellCare Celebrates Women’s History Month

By Ken Burdick

When I reflected on this post for Women’s History Month, I began to think about our WellCare female associates, who represent more than 70 percent of our associate base. We are proud of our predominantly female workforce as well as the presence of three women on our executive leadership team. But, we know that it requires far more than representation to engage our associates and keep them for the long-term. Continue reading “WellCare Celebrates Women’s History Month”

Navigating What’s Next for Healthcare

By Ken Burdick

Last week, I was honored to attend America’s Health Insurance Plan’s (AHIP) National Health Policy Conference to join my colleagues for a discussion on “Navigating What’s Next for Healthcare.”

While the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, I predict we’ll see several key challenges and opportunities, not only for the health insurance industry, but in how we deliver care and service to our members. Continue reading “Navigating What’s Next for Healthcare”

WellCare Named a “Most Admired” Company by Fortune Magazine

By Kenneth A. Burdick

This month, Fortune published its “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for 2018, which recognizes those companies with the strongest corporate reputations.

This is the first year WellCare has been named to this prestigious list.

Recognition is a tremendous honor. The title is given based on feedback from top executives, directors and financial analysts based on criteria, including investment value, quality of management and social responsibility, among others. Continue reading “WellCare Named a “Most Admired” Company by Fortune Magazine”

Promoting Healthier Communities Through Electronic Health Records in Arizona

By Scott Cummings

When doctors have access to complete and accurate medical information, patients receive better care.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), electronic health records (EHRs) provide access to up-to-date information about patients’ conditions, while lowering the chance of medical errors, eliminating duplicate tests and improving overall quality of care. Studies show 88 percent of physicians report their EHR produces clinical benefits for their practice. Continue reading “Promoting Healthier Communities Through Electronic Health Records in Arizona”

MLK Day: A Time for Celebration, Reflection & Service

On Monday, our country recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader in the American civil rights movement who dedicated his life to advancing civil rights and racial equality for African-Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice. Nearly 50 years since his death, Dr. King’s messages of social justice, fairness and service continue to resonate. Continue reading “MLK Day: A Time for Celebration, Reflection & Service”