Being Community-Minded Is a WellCare Business Imperative

By Rhonda Mims

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, has named WellCare Health Plans, Inc. one of 2019’s 50 most community-minded companies in America. This is the third consecutive year our company has made the coveted list, which is based on The Civic 50 annual survey.

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Preparing America’s Foster Youth for Successful Futures

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to increase awareness of the 440,000 U.S. children living in the foster care system and how we can help improve their quality of life. Many foster youth face barriers to the education, care and resources they need to navigate adulthood successfully after leaving the foster care system.

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Award-Winning Health Programs Are Ultimately Good for Our Members

By Laura Hungiville

The results are in! On May 16, WellCare’s Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) was honored with the 2018 Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Quality Improvement award, which recognizes the plan with the greatest combined improvement in Star Ratings from 2018 to 2019 on PQA medication measures used within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Part D Star Ratings program.  PQA-endorsed measures include medication adherence related to diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol.

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Tomorrow, March 26, is Diabetes Alert Day

By Mark Leenay, M.D.

As a physician, I have seen firsthand the devastating complications type 2 diabetes can have on not only a patient, but also their families. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are too high and can lead to serious complications such as kidney disease, blindness and amputations. Continue reading “Tomorrow, March 26, is Diabetes Alert Day”

Are You Taking Your Medication Correctly?

 By Cynthia Miller

Sticking to your medication routine – known as medication adherence – means taking your medications as prescribed. The right dose, at the right time, in the right way and frequency.

Why is this important? Simply put, not taking your medicine as prescribed by a doctor or instructed by a pharmacist could lead to your health getting worse, hospitalization and possibly death. Continue reading “Are You Taking Your Medication Correctly?”

The Loneliness Epidemic

By Ken Burdick

Did you know loneliness poses the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? In fact, new research indicates weak social connections and feelings of extreme isolation could shorten a person’s life by 15 years. With more than one-third of U.S. adults age 45 or older indicating they are lonely, we’ve reached a critical number of individuals who are at risk for serious health outcomes. Continue reading “The Loneliness Epidemic”

Addressing Social Determinants of Health

By Ken Burdick

Imagine not having enough food to feed your family or no transportation to get to your doctor or local pharmacy. Consider what it would be like to live isolated without access to friends, family or support community.

This is a reality for millions of Americans impacted by so-called social determinants of health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these are the “conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age and include the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.” Further research from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates medical care accounts for only 10 to 20 percent of health outcomes; the rest can be attributed to individual behavior and social, environmental and genetic factors. Continue reading “Addressing Social Determinants of Health”

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 Launches “Cost of Complacency” Campaign

When it comes to your cell phone bill, do you ever find yourself on the lookout for plans that are a better deal? And, when your monthly cable bill rolls in, have you ever examined the bill in search of where you can save?Survey Graphic

Today, searching for better deals on expenses is commonplace, but for seniors, there seems to be one major exception to deal-seeking: their Medicare plan. Continue reading “WellCare Launches “Cost of Complacency” Campaign”