Five Reasons to Schedule a Mammogram This May

By Dr. Traci Ferguson

Dear Mom,

Every May, we celebrate Mother’s Day – a time to honor you for your tireless commitment to giving us the love, care and guidance we need to be healthy and happy.

With your hectic schedule that includes everything from work, carpooling, making meals, helping with homework, and weekend and after-school activities, you always find time for others, which rarely leaves time for yourself. Yet, for long-term health, there is one thing all women over 40 years of age should make time for…a mammogram. Continue reading “Five Reasons to Schedule a Mammogram This May”

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”

The Intersection of Growth and Innovation

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”

Making Our Planet a Priority

By Rhonda Mims

At WellCare, we believe what we stand for is equally as important as what we do and how we do it. And, an essential part of our mission-driven culture includes a commitment to our planet.

As the world celebrated Earth Day this past Sunday, I thought of WellCare’s commitment in which our more than 9,000 associates have the opportunity to participate in community-wide initiatives. We offer volunteer time off to support their efforts because being a reputable corporate citizen is critical at all levels of our company. Continue reading “Making Our Planet a Priority”

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”

Introducing WellCare’s 2017 Annual Review

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”

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 Celebrates Women’s History Month

By Ken Burdick

When I reflected on this post for Women’s History Month, I began to think about our WellCare female associates, who represent more than 70 percent of our associate base. We are proud of our predominantly female workforce as well as the presence of three women on our executive leadership team. But, we know that it requires far more than representation to engage our associates and keep them for the long-term. Continue reading “WellCare Celebrates Women’s History Month”

Navigating What’s Next for Healthcare

By Ken Burdick

Last week, I was honored to attend America’s Health Insurance Plan’s (AHIP) National Health Policy Conference to join my colleagues for a discussion on “Navigating What’s Next for Healthcare.”

While the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, I predict we’ll see several key challenges and opportunities, not only for the health insurance industry, but in how we deliver care and service to our members. Continue reading “Navigating What’s Next for Healthcare”