Did you know more than 380,000 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year?
According to the March of Dimes, the United States earned a “C” on its annual premature birth report card. It is the first time in eight years that the preterm birth rate in the U.S. worsened, dropping from 9.57 percent to 9.63 percent in 2015.
Continue reading “Raising Awareness on Prematurity in the U.S.”
Candy is the undeniable star of Halloween, but don’t let it be a scary one. This Halloween, keep in mind that prevention and regular dental care is key to good oral health, which plays an important role in the health of the whole body.
Continue reading “Five Tips for a Healthy Smile This Halloween”
Early in my nursing career, I worked in a variety of medical practices and saw firsthand the impact that office staffs have in establishing effective, collaborative relationships with patients and their families. These front-line employees are the liaisons between physicians and patients. Research shows that the personal relationship of a patient with his or her doctor and the clinic staff are the strongest predictors of patient satisfaction.
Continue reading “A Physician’s Office Staff Plays an Integral Role in Patient Health and Satisfaction”
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”
Research shows what most of us already know – people talk about the customer service they receive from a company. In fact, more than two in five consumers tell other people about their good customer service experiences all of the time. Conversely, at least half of consumers tell other people about their poor customer service experiences all of the time.
As vice president of channel communication services at WellCare, it is my goal each and every day to provide the best customer service experience possible for our members and providers. WellCare is committed to delivering the right care, at the right time, at the most appropriate place. In other words, our number one priority is to be there when they need us, and this means we have to be accessible. Continue reading “What’s New at WellCare: Customer Service Goes Social”
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”
At WellCare, our goal every day is to get our members the care they need. This can be much harder than it sounds.
Take, for example, a member who was recently hospitalized for a serious bout of pneumonia. This was not her first encounter with a breathing problem; she had suffered from severe asthma since childhood. Our goal was to provide her with a personalized, field-based care manager who could help her get and stay healthy. Continue reading “Collaborating for Better Health”
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”
By Thomas Mantz
At Feeding Tampa Bay, our job is to address the issue of hunger and food insecurity. We help ensure there is a meal on the table in every home that needs it. This is, and will always be, our greatest priority. Continue reading “Understanding the Impact of Food Insecurity on Health”
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”