WellCare Achieves High Quality Medicaid Ranking in New York

Dec 09, 2015, 08:30 ET from WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

NEW YORK and TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, now ranks fourth highest out of 16 plans in providing quality care for Medicaid recipients in New York, up from 11th place last year. The ranking is based on health care quality metrics, member and provider satisfaction, and regulatory compliance measurements as determined by New York's Office of Health Insurance Programs.

Notably, WellCare outperformed all other plans on Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs), which measure hospital admissions that likely could have been avoided through quality outpatient care. These measures gauge, for example, how well health plans manage asthma in children and asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults.

"WellCare is dedicated to helping members manage their chronic conditions through care coordination, medication management and support services," said Elissa Toder, senior director of quality improvement for WellCare of New York. "This ranking reflects this emphasis and our continued efforts to ensure our members get the care and services they need to lead better, healthier lives."

"I want to thank the entire WellCare team for this acknowledgement," said John J. Burke, state president, WellCare of New York. "This ranking reflects an unwavering commitment to partner with providers to provide quality care for the low-income children and families we serve."

As of Sept. 30, 2015, WellCare serves approximately 112,000 Medicaid members, 47,000 Medicare Advantage members, 51,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 7,500 Managed Long Term Care members in New York.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. The Company serves approximately 3.8 million members nationwide as of Sept. 30, 2015. For more information about WellCare, please visit the Company's website at www.wellcare.com or view the company's videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.

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