Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Medicaid Managed Care Congress: Q/A with Carol Steckel (WellCare Health Plans)

Medicaid Managed Care Congress
With the Medicaid Managed Care Congress (MMCC 2016) right around the corner (May 18-20, 2016) we have reached out with the Q/A to one of the keynote speakers Carol Steckel, MPH Sr. Director,  Alliance Development, WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

What do you think will be the major implications of the Mega-Reg?

- Mega-Reg has the potential to strengthen the states’ ability to use managed care to promote innovative and cost effective methods of delivering quality care to Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries.

What do you wish someone would have told you before joining Medicaid/healthcare industry?

- Navigating such a complex system can pose challenges and the system routinely and frequently changes. These challenges are offset by the knowledge that the work you are doing is improving the lives of the people we serve.  

What upcoming major trends are you excited about?

- There is great opportunity for states and managed care organizations to work together to empower people to take control of their health. I am most excited about the linkages we are developing between physical health, behavioral health, and social determinants of health.

What is the secret to success in your opinion?

- Working hard to be part of the communities where our members live helps us bring together the resources needed to serve the most vulnerable populations. Our members often face challenges in life beyond their health. By connecting them to needed social and community services, we seek to improve their ability to take control of their health by addressing their overall needs. We also strive to engage them in needed preventive health services to ensure they are getting the right care at the right time at the right place.

For MMCC, what do you hope to learn more about / who do you want to hear from?

- Providing care to vulnerable populations often involves going the extra mile to find and engage members where they live, whether that is in their homes, in a shelter or under a bridge – none of which is possible without collaboration across sectors at the local level. Learning more about the efforts of community organizations working to support the social safety net can help MCOs identify and address care gaps that may be barriers to health. 

Do you have any best practices of success stories you’d like to share? If so, please elaborate.

Medicaid Managed Care Congress presenter's logo - WellCare Health Plans- WellCare uses a coordinated care approach designed to ensure all of our members receive the unique services and supports they need to achieve and maintain the best health outcomes possible. This is based on our belief that a healthy community is one where social safety net providers and community-based organizations are thriving and supporting the needs of its citizens. We identify care gaps, which occur when the social safety net is stretched too thin. We partner with community groups to address these needs, and close the care gaps. We also work with academic partners to evaluate the programs to quantify the results in terms of cost savings, increased access to health case, and other benefits to the public health system. This approach allows us to deliver on our mission of enhancing our members’ health and quality of life and strengthening the communities we serve. 

Carol Steckel will also be presenting at the MMCC 2016 with a case study "Community advocacy, health connections model" which will cover three important questions:

- How to link a member to a community and/or social service?
- How to support the community in developing needed services?
- How to measure the impact of the program on our members?

To learn more about Carol Steckel's case study or to see who else will be presenting at the Medicaid Managed Care Congress download the brochure here

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