Shining a Spotlight on Suicide During Men’s Health Month

By Dr. Nicholas Abid

Recently, a dear friend of mine received the phone call every parent dreads. His son “Joe,” a young man in his 40s, had committed suicide, leaving behind three young children and a fiancée.*

Joe had been struggling with depression for years. He recently suffered a number of stressors: his young daughter had been diagnosed with leukemia; his wife had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and passed away within the last year; and, his mother had recently died of Alzheimer’s. Continue reading “Shining a Spotlight on Suicide During Men’s Health Month”

Turning the Spotlight on Women’s Health

By Robert Stanley London, M.D.

Today, being “busy” has become a way of life – from 24/7 communication to endless to-do lists. But despite busy schedules, we all need to commit the necessary time to take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I can say this is especially important for women who often overlook their own health and well-being to attend to their jobs or care for their families and friends. Continue reading “Turning the Spotlight on Women’s Health”

Supporting Moms and Babies Impacted by Opioids in Kentucky

By Bill Jones

Today prescription opioid abuse among pregnant women has reached epidemic proportions. From 1992 to 2012, expectant moms reporting prescription opioid abuse increased substantially from 2% to 28%. Here in Kentucky, we have one of the country’s highest rates of women diagnosed with opioid use disorder when giving birth. In 2014, such cases accounted for 19.3 out of every 1,000-delivery hospitalizations, well above the national average 6.5 per 1,000 for that year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading “Supporting Moms and Babies Impacted by Opioids in Kentucky”

Tips to Manage Arthritis Pain in the Winter

By Dr. Traci Thompson Ferguson

Arthritis can affect people throughout the year, however the winter months can often bring a special challenge to sufferers, as the cold and damp weather may increase stiffness to joints and cause greater pain than normal.

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do when the weather turns cold to decrease the joint stiffness caused during these frigid months. Continue reading “Tips to Manage Arthritis Pain in the Winter”

Engaged Employees Mean Quality Outcomes for Kentucky

By Bill Jones

Your reputation is your most valuable asset. That’s true of people, and it’s also true of companies.

Over the past few months, WellCare has received two important honors. In Kentucky, we were named one of the 100 Best Places to Work. Nationally, we are among the top five on the Forbes List of Most Admired Companies in the Insurance and Managed Care Category – a measure of national reputation. Continue reading “Engaged Employees Mean Quality Outcomes for Kentucky”

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”

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”

Year in Review: WellCare’s Top Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we’re looking back at WellCare’s big stories of the year.

As a company, WellCare continued to grow, expanding into new markets. In January, the company launched its Medicaid program in Nebraska and throughout the year welcomed new team members from Arizona, Maine and North Carolina. We also expanded our presence in Missouri and made a commitment to serve Illinois in 2018. Continue reading “Year in Review: WellCare’s Top Stories of 2017”

Engaging Teens and Training for the Future

By Camille Heard

Every young person started his or her professional career with some uncertainty: What am I going to do with my life? How do I pay for college? Will I be able to get a job when I graduate?

Growing up, my idea of “what I want to be when I grow up” constantly changed. In elementary school, I was determined to be a rollercoaster architect, and by middle school, I thought I was well on my way to becoming the world’s next best rapper—two career ideas that I may re-explore at some point. However, after I enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate studies, I decided to explore the field of health care and public health. I found that this area truly sparked my interests. Continue reading “Engaging Teens and Training for the Future”