Meridian Health Plan To Serve Ohio Medicaid Population

DETROIT, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Meridian Health Plan (Meridian) has been selected by the State of Ohio to provide managed Medicaid health services to beneficiaries through a contract with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

"We are excited about the opportunity to work with Ohio and serve their residents through the provision of accessible, high-quality health services," said Dr. David Cotton, President and CEO of Meridian Health Plan.

Meridian commends the ODJFS on its Request for Application (RFA) model. Ohio's RFA required plans to legally attest to their ability to offer services through the submission of data-driven information, rooted in publically available quality metrics. The RFA process was further made transparent with the inclusion of the scoring model the ODJFS would use in making their decision. 

The State of Ohio is to be applauded on its innovation and commitment to quality of care for its Medicaid population. The Ohio RFA process shows that its taxpayers demand accountability for its state run programs. With this process, that is exactly what they received. 

Meridian Health Plan is a physician-owned and -operated Medicaid HMO with corporate headquarters in Detroit. Meridian is dedicated to continuously improving the quality of care in low resource environments. Meridian has extensive experience in the Medicaid market through its subsidiaries in Michigan and Illinois. Meridian Health Plan is the largest Medicaid HMO in Michigan, serving approximately 290,000 members. In Illinois, Meridian Health Plan has been providing health services to Medicaid enrollees since December 2008, significantly improving health outcomes through high-quality care in its first few years of operation. Additionally, Meridian began providing health services to Medicaid enrollees in Iowa on March 1, 2012.  

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SOURCE Meridian Health Plan