The U.S. health care system loses approximately $750 billion a year—nearly 30 cents of every medical dollar—to fraud, waste and abuse, according to a 2012 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Continue reading “WellCare Is Doing Its Part to Eliminate Fraud, Waste and Abuse”
As a field-based care manager for WellCare of Florida, my goal each day is to help our members live better, healthier lives. I bring the health care system directly to the homes of our sickest and most vulnerable members.
At first many are surprised that a health plan would make house calls, but they appreciate the personalized service. Continue reading “My Perspective: A WellCare of Florida Field-Based Care Manager”
As a psychiatrist practicing in the Chicago area for the past decade, I have seen firsthand the impact mental illness has on our communities, especially in minority and underserved populations.
Mental illness doesn’t discriminate and is almost equal in prevalence across racial and ethnic groups. The disparity is rooted in the fact that African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos are less likely to receive diagnosis for their behavioral health issues and have less access to mental health services. Even when programs are in place, these groups may not take advantage of them due to social and cultural stigmas about mental illness. Continue reading “National Minority Mental Health Month: How WellCare Integrates Behavioral Health Care”