TAMPA, Fla., July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of Florida, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), announced today it named Dr. Keith Wilson, M.D., medical director, effective July 5, 2016. Dr. Wilson's primary focus will be to collaborate with physicians to ensure WellCare of Florida members are receiving quality care and obtaining needed services and preventive screenings.
"Dr. Wilson's extensive clinical and managed care experience will significantly contribute to our efforts to help our members get and stay healthy," said Dr. Alan Smith, WellCare of Florida's senior medical director. "Dr. Wilson will partner with physicians in our network to assist our members in managing chronic disease; to engage with members who aren't getting an annual checkup or recommended preventive screenings; and to ensure all of our members have access to the right care in an appropriate setting."
"I'm excited to be at WellCare, and was attracted by the company's member-centric mindset," said Dr. Wilson. "I am looking forward to using my experience to help Florida's most vulnerable residents get the care they need."
Prior to joining WellCare, Dr. Wilson served as medical director for WellPoint, where he oversaw utilization management and care issues in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. His diverse and extensive healthcare experience also includes: the University of Colorado, Denver, where he taught clinical outcomes management; United Healthcare/PacifiCare of Oklahoma, where he was medical director; Springer Clinic Inc. in Oklahoma, where he was medical director; and Inpatient Medical Services in Texas, where he was chief medical officer.
Dr. Wilson is board-certified in pulmonary and internal medicine. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of North Texas; his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine; and a master's in health services administration from the University of Colorado Executive Program.
As of March 31, 2016, WellCare serves approximately 772,000 Medicaid members, 57,000 Florida Healthy Kids members, 92,000 Medicare Advantage members, and 31,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Florida.
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 3.7 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2016. 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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SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.