Better Health launches new Medicaid plan in Florida

By Bernie Monegain
07:41 AM

Better Health, LLC, a provider service network, has announced a new healthcare plan called Miami Children's Better Health, in collaboration with Miami Children's Hospital. Executives say the plan leverages Better Health's proficiency in care coordination, high-touch customer service and state-of-the-art technology.

Better Health operates a Medicaid plan in Broward County, Fla., with more 32,000 members and will enter Miami Dade as Miami Children's Better Health.

Miami Children's Hospital and Better Health executives say they can achieve savings for the Florida's Medicaid Program. Efficiencies will be realized through care coordination better supporting the needs of each patient in the least restrictive setting, while providing access to providers that have demonstrated better clinical outcomes and quality.

"We are honored to work with Miami Children's Hospital in this unique venture," said Barbara Cowley, MD, chief medical officer of Better Health, said. "They are a premier hospital system with more than 650 world-class physicians on staff."

"This innovative collaboration would not be possible without the leadership of Liz Dudek, interim secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration," Cowley said. "Her encouragement for us to think outside the box in creating new relationships between managed care companies and physician groups and hospitals was a key driver in developing this project."

"This collaboration will allow us to focus on what we do best, delivering advanced, quality, medical care," said M. Narendra Kini, MD,  president and CEO of Miami Children's Hospital. "We have a long-standing relationship with the management team of Better Health and know that we can trust them to provide the supportive services so that we can devote ourselves entirely to providing care for the children we serve."

Parents of children enrolled in the program will also be eligible to participate in the Better Health extensive network, providing the entire family quality medical care.