KAPOLEI, Hawaii and TAMPA, Fla., July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 'Ohana Health Plan, a WellCare (NYSE: WCG) company, announced it has named Ed G. Fess, M.D., as medical director. Dr. Fess leads medical management and quality initiatives for more than 56,000 Hawaii Medicaid and Medicare members enrolled in 'Ohana Health Plan. This includes pharmacy utilization and program leadership for corporate and local initiatives designed to improve member care.
"Dr. Fess is an accomplished health care executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience in health plan operations, including more than 10 years of experience achieved while working in Hawaii," said Dave Reynolds, WellCare's senior vice president and division president for Hawaii and six other markets. "His success in improving member outcomes within a variety of health care delivery systems will support continuous efforts to improve access and quality of care to help our members live better, healthier lives."
"I am excited by the opportunity to work in partnership with the state, our providers and community-based organizations to make a meaningful difference in the health and quality of life of our members," said Dr. Fess.
Prior to joining 'Ohana, Dr. Fess, was president and co-founder of Pacific Healthcare Consultants, a Hawaii-based innovations grant project providing remote technology and personal coordination services to Medicare and Medicaid diabetic populations. He also served as chief medical officer and vice president of health care delivery for PacifiCare of Washington and Oregon, and as chief operating officer for SCAN Healthcare in Long Beach, California. He held additional leadership roles in California at Managed Care Solutions in Laguna Beach and UniHealth America, Inc. in Burbank.
Dr. Fess received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego, his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and a Masters of Business Administration from California State University at San Luis Obispo.
He is a board-certified in preventive medicine and population health and licensed in Hawaii.
As of March 31, 2016, 'Ohana Health Plan has more than 220 employees in Hawaii and serves approximately 56,500 members through its offices in Kapolei, Honolulu, Hilo and Kahului.
About 'Ohana Health Plan
'Ohana Health Plan is offered by WellCare Health Plans, Inc. WellCare provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company serves approximately 3.7 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2016. 'Ohana has been able to take WellCare's national experience and develop an 'Ohana care model that addresses local members' health care and health coordination needs. As of March 31, 2016, 'Ohana serves approximately 48,100 Medicaid members, 8,400 Medicare Advantage members, and 400 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Hawaii. For more information about 'Ohana, please visit the company's website at www.ohanahealthplan.com.
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SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.