SCAN Health Plan Executives to Address AHIPs National Conference on Medicare and Medicaid in Washington DC

Date Posted: 10/11/2015

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — Three SCAN Health Plan executives will be among the faculty at the National Conference on Medicare and Medicaid October 19-22 in Washington, D.C. The conference is sponsored by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national political advocacy and trade association comprised of approximately 1,300 member organizations that provide health insurance to more than 200 million Americans. On October 19 SCAN’s vice president of pharmacy services Sharon Jhawar will discuss SCAN’s pharmacy quality solution program, which encourages, engages and rewards pharmacists for taking a more active role in the health of seniors. Evidence has shown that an enhanced patient/pharmacist relationship can lead to a better patient experience, improved medication safety and improved quality of care, particularly for those Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Joining Jhawar in the presentation will be Snezana Mahon, senior director of Medicare for Express Scripts, SCAN’s partner in this unique program. Lisa Roth, SCAN’s vice president of care coordination, will address the conference on October 20 discussing key considerations for health plans who are working to develop health-risk assessments that efficiently and effectively evaluate the physical, psychosocial and functional needs of vulnerable populations. Her focus will be on Special Need Plans (SNP) and health-risk assessments for those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. At SCAN Roth is responsible for special needs plans’ activities including verification of eligibility, health risk assessments, care plans, care management, and care coordination, including long-term services and support for dually enrolled members. In addition, Roth is responsible for the oversight of the SCAN PAL, a specialized customer service and care coordination unit designed specifically for dually enrolled members, as well as the SCAN Buddy program, a member-outreach program to address quality, in accordance with national quality measures. At AHIP’s Dual-Eligible Summit running concurrently, SCAN’s Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs Peter Begans will discuss the future of integrated care programs. In his role at SCAN, Begans has been active on the national stage advocating for the quality improvements and cost-saving benefits associated with integrated care. Repeated studies have shown that seniors enrolled in integrated care experience fewer hospital admissions and readmissions, fewer emergency room visits, and lower overall medical costs. That is because such care emphasizes prevention, early intervention, and effective care coordination including geriatric health-management or disease-management programs, medication-management programs, and appropriate utilization of services. “Being part of the faculty for the AHIP conference allows us to share with other health plan leaders some of our best practices while, at the same time, learn from others how we can better serve our members,” said Begans. “The takeaways from this conference combined with the work we do through AHIP all year supports our passion and commitment to keeping seniors healthy and independent.” The AHIP conference will be held at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C. Further information and registration can be obtained at SCAN Health Plan is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit MAPD plans currently serving 170,000 members in California. Further information may be obtained at or on Facebook at Y0057_SCAN_9469_2015 IA 10082015