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COVID-19 presents new challenges and makes advance preparation even more critical for what experts are saying will be an above average hurricane season
Release Date: May 26, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE (link opens in new window))--.CarePlus Health Plans, Inc., Florida’s largest1 5-star Medicare Advantage plan, is encouraging Floridians, and particularly seniors with chronic medical conditions, to take action now to protect their health during the 2020 Hurricane Season which is being complicated due to COVID-19 and predicted to be above average.
“Planning for hurricane season is always important, especially for seniors with medical conditions like diabetes or COPD, and this year poses new challenges so we all need to prepare now,” said CarePlus Vice President of Health Services Dr. Madeleine Rodriguez. “We certainly don’t want to add stress to a population in Florida already feeling vulnerable during COVID-19. By taking action now, you can more easily rest assured that you and your family will stay safe and healthy this hurricane season.”
According to Dr. Rodriguez, in addition to stocking up on basic supplies like water, flashlights, batteries and non-perishable foods, those actions should include these five steps:
“It’s also important that people who need to evacuate bring at least two protective face masks in order to help protect against virus spread,” said Dr. Rodriguez. “Although seniors in Florida have been advised to stay home to avoid exposure to COVID-19, a hurricane headed for your home may pose a much more serious risk. Having people in shelters wear face masks when possible offers more protection.”
Dr. Rodriguez said CarePlus is mailing bilingual care kits, in English and Spanish, containing two protective face masks to each of its 157,000 members and nearly 1,000 employees.
For more information about preparing for hurricane season during COVID-19, and how to protect yourself and others in a public shelter, visit cdc.gov (link opens in new window).
This marks the second year in a row and the third time overall that CarePlus’ Medicare Advantage health plan in Florida achieved the 5-star rating
Release Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 1:30 pm EDT
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE (link opens in new window))--CarePlus Health Plans, Inc.’s Medicare Advantage plan in Florida achieved 5-stars – the highest possible rating – from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 2020 plan year. This marks the second year in a row and the third time overall that the CarePlus Medicare Advantage HMO, offered throughout Florida, received the top rating. CarePlus is a subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).
CarePlus currently serves approximately 140,000 Medicare members throughout Florida. The Star Ratings are posted at www.medicare.gov (link opens in new window).
“We recognize that we could not achieve this top rating without the collaboration of the caring primary care physicians who offer high quality medical care to our members,” said CarePlus Regional President Bruno Piquin. “We are especially honored to have CMS recognize CarePlus with its highest quality rating two years in a row, which acknowledges the hard work our employees do to provide the best possible service to our members.”
The Medicare 5-star rating system rates the excellence of Medicare plans nationally. A plan may receive a rating between one and five stars, with five stars representing the highest rating. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
CMS uses information from member-satisfaction surveys, health plans, and health care providers to assign overall Star Ratings to plans. The rating system uses more than 40 different quality measures in nine categories, including:
People who are Medicare‐eligible can find out more about CarePlus Health Plans by contacting 1-855-450-1352, (TTY 711) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week, or visiting www.careplushealthplans.com.
Release Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:23 am EDT
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE (link opens in new window))--CarePlus Health Plans, Inc. a South Florida-based Medicare Advantage HMO, announced today they have signed agreements with Baptist Health South Florida(link opens in new window) that provide in-network access to their Medicare members, effective Oct.15, 2018.
The agreements encompass all 10 of Baptist Health’s hospitals, its ancillary health facilities and its nearly 500 physicians and other providers, including primary care, cardiology and oncology.
“Baptist Health South Florida is an important part of our strategy to offer our Medicare members a robust network of quality healthcare providers,” said CarePlus Regional President Bruno Piquin.
“We are pleased to work with CarePlus Health Plans to expand access to care for the benefit of the communities we serve,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health.