By Kelly Munson
Today, 40 states partner with managed care organizations (MCOs), or private health insurance providers, to administer their Medicaid benefits and cover the costs of delivering care (North Carolina, the 40th state, is expected to launch its managed care program on Nov. 1, 2019). These plans now cover more than 66 million of the 73 million Americans who depend on Medicaid, the largest source of public health insurance coverage in the nation. Continue reading “Going Beyond Medical Care: Delivering Value with Medicaid Managed Care”
By Rhonda Mims
On the eve of International Women’s Day, which is tomorrow, March 8th, I’m reflective on and appreciative of all the women who have paved an incredible path for me and who afforded me the opportunity to pay it forward by driving change for others. Thanks to a number of good women and a few good men over the years who mentored me, I have been enormously fortunate to work with some amazing community partners and thought leaders, while leading diversity initiatives for Fortune 200 and global professional services organizations. It has been an incredible journey, and the ride continues with fast-paced momentum. Continue reading “The Importance of Mentoring Women Leaders”
By Dr. Mark Leenay
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness.
That’s why May is a month to bring awareness to mental health issues.
At WellCare, we place a significant emphasis on mental health—not only in May—but throughout the year. We use a coordinated, holistic approach to care for our members based on their unique physical, behavioral, pharmaceutical and social needs because we believe this integrated approach helps our members live better, healthier lives. Continue reading “May is Mental Health Awareness Month”
By Ken Burdick
This past month, I had the opportunity to speak at the 2018 Health Evolution Summit, a gathering of some of the nation’s top healthcare leaders. The discussion focused on innovation in the healthcare industry.
WellCare set forth three key priorities: improving the healthcare experience for members and providers; meeting our members where they are in their healthcare journey; and remaining focused on government programs. WellCare is in a unique position to provide integrated, holistic managed care because we work to address all aspects of our members’ needs including physical, behavioral, pharmacy and social health. Continue reading “The Intersection of Growth and Innovation”
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”
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”
By Rhonda Mims
When you hear the word “brand” you might think of the Nike swoosh, Coca-Cola red or the California Milk Processor Board’s celebrity ad slogan: “Got Milk?”
But a brand is much more than a logo, icon or memorable slogan.
A company’s brand is a promise to the marketplace. And successful brands consistently deliver on their promises, which is how they create brand value. Continue reading “WellCare Launches New Brand Promise: A Better You”
By Ken Burdick
This month, two catastrophic hurricanes—Harvey and Irma—wreaked havoc on much of the Southeast, leading to dozens of deaths, billions of dollars in damages, and millions without power and needed resources.
The devastating impact of these storms was driven home by shocking images of flooded hospitals, nursing homes and neighborhoods; overwhelmed storm shelters; and dangerous fallen power lines and trees.
As we work to rebuild our cities and support our displaced neighbors and friends, let this be a sobering reminder that in emergencies, we all have a responsibility to protect the most-fragile members of our society. Continue reading “Reflecting on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey”
By Lauralie Rubel
WellCare of Nebraska is proud to announce that after months of hard work by dedicated associates in Nebraska and throughout the WellCare family, we are ready to share our decades of experience coordinating managed care for in-need families and children as well as elderly and disabled persons.
Continue reading “WellCare of Nebraska Goes Live!”
By Dr. Traci Ferguson
The holidays are upon us! It’s a time to gather with family and friends to indulge in some of our favorite holiday foods and beverages. But for the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, this time of year can be particularly challenging.
Continue reading “Managing Diabetes during the Holiday Season”
How did you sleep last Friday night? Was your air conditioning too cold? Did your neighbor wake you up too early mowing his lawn?
On any given night in Hawaii nearly 8,000 people sleep on the streets without any of the comforts we take for granted. On Friday, Sept. 16, five ‘Ohana Health Plan employees joined community and business leaders for a #CEOSleepout organized by The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. More than 30 people slept on cardboard boxes at the State Capitol Rotunda in Honolulu to draw attention to homelessness, interact with this vulnerable population, discuss opportunities for collaboration to address this issue, and to raise funds to help The Salvation Army in its mission to support those in need of food, shelter and opportunity. Continue reading “My Perspective: Homeless for a Night in Honolulu”
I met Yolanda Flahive on Sept. 18, 2015, while in Hawaii to host a Town Hall for our ‘Ohana Health Plan associates. It was my first time traveling to our Hawaii market in Oahu as WellCare’s CEO, and I wanted to make sure that I had an opportunity to really engage with our associates, members, partners and programs. One program I was determined to see in action was the state’s Adult Foster Care (AFC) program, which we administer for approximately 800 ‘Ohana members. Continue reading “Making a Meaningful Difference”