WellCare Adopts New Technology to Simplify and Enhance Member Enrollment for Medicare and Medicaid Programs

TAMPA, Fla. & SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WellCare Health Plans, Inc., a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored healthcare programs, and ikaSystems Corp., a premier provider of enterprise-level cloud computing solutions for the healthcare payer market, today announced WellCare’s successful integration of ikaMedicareGateway, a new technology developed to simplify beneficiary enrollment into WellCare Medicare plans.

With ikaMedicareGateway, WellCare will be able to automate complex data exchanges with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), new member applications and current member plan changes. The solution also enables WellCare agents or independent brokers to verify beneficiary eligibility in real time, creating a more efficient and simplified enrollment experience for members.

“WellCare understands the importance of a seamless enrollment and plan change process, and ikaMedicareGateway will facilitate continued improvement in member satisfaction,” said Walt Cooper, chief administrative officer for WellCare. “Equally important for WellCare, this new technology enables us to reduce administrative costs and sustain significant focus on regulatory compliance.”

“Our team of knowledgeable, talented experts made sure our systems were implemented quickly and reliably,” said Ravi Ika, chief executive officer of ikaSystems. “The agility of our technology architecture and the quality of our team make rapid implementation the norm rather than the exception.”

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services exclusively for government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company served approximately 2.2 million members nationwide as of September 30, 2010. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com.

About ikaSystems Corp.

ikaSystems is healthcare payers’ premier provider of enterprise-level cloud computing solutions for commercial, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business. ikaEnterprise, the company’s flagship product, automates all key processes in the payer business cycle — from marketing and sales through claims administration and customer service to care and quality management — all on a single integrated platform. Using our agile, modular technology, organizations can proactively move to lower administrative and medical care expenses and thrive in even the most challenging environments. To learn more, please visit www.ikasystems.com.


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