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Network Health Director selected for UMass Boston's Emerging Leaders Program

Posted by boston.com  September 11, 2013 10:00 AM

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Network Health, a nonprofit health plan that provides access to high-quality, comprehensive health coverage formore than 215,000 Massachusetts residents, announced today that Brookline, Mass., resident Jean O’Malley, director of clinical management and long-term services and supports (LTSS),has been awarded an Emerging Leaders Program(ELP) fellowship fromthe University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Collaborative Leadership.

“I am incredibly honored to be a part of UMass Boston’s Emerging Leaders Program,” said O’Malley. “The fellowship will be an invaluable opportunity tonot only hone my professional skills, but also work with a group of leaders on real projects affecting real change in the Boston area.”

Now in its thirteenth year,the Emerging Leaders Program is an experiential training program for professionals in Greater Boston where fellows collaborate on significant civic projects. The ten-month curriculum,which includes weekly seminars and monthly meetings, focuses on communication, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship, change management, networking, inclusion, and teamwork. Selected participants are diverse in race, ethnicity, and gender and represent the region’s corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.

“We’re happy to welcome Jean into the 2014 cohort of Emerging Leaders,” said Lisa DeAngelis, Director of the UMass Boston Center for Collaborative Leadership. “Jean will join the489 other emerging leader alums as they enhancethe available talent pool and answer the concern that we need more skilled leaders. As fellows network with each other and hone skills, they will start to assume leadership roles of increasing responsibility in their business and the community.”

“We are incredibly proud of Jean,” said Mary McKendry, vice president, Network Health clinical affairs. “She’s an asset to members and shows tireless dedication to comprehensive, compassionate health care. I am certain she will make the most of this opportunity andwill emergean even more effective business leader.”

O’Malley oversees all clinical requirements for program management, utilization management, and care coordination for Network Health’s One Care plan, Network Health Unify. She also ensures federal and state compliance, and collaborates with LTSS and other community-based programs on behalf of Network Health members.

O’Malley joined Network Health in 2008 as director of medical management, where she oversawclinical and outreach teams, ensuring quality and coordinating care for members. In 2010, she was appointed director of integrated care management, where she promoted effective use of and monitored health care resources, and supervised all care management referral functions. 

Prior to Network Health, O’Malley was the associate director of health services at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, where she led the case management and utilization management teams. O’Malley earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston University.

About Network Health
Since 1997, Network Health has provided access to high-quality health care for Massachusetts residents with low and moderate incomes. Network Health is a nonprofit, comprehensive health plan serving members through Network Health Together® (MassHealth), Network Health Forward® (Commonwealth Care), Network Health Extend™ (Medical Security Program), and Network Health Choice (an individual and small-group plan).
To improve the health and wellness of its more than 215,000 members and the diverse communities it serves, Network Health offers fully integrated, in-house care management, providing a team of medical, behavioral health, social care, and pharmacy professionals who coordinate member care. Network Health partners with more than 20,000 primary care providers, specialists, hospitals, and community organizations statewide.

Network Health earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) “Excellent” Health Plan Accreditation status, NCQA’s highest accreditation rating, for its Network Health Together plan. In 2012, NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings ranked Network Health as the third-highest Medicaid Health Plan in the United States. Since 2010, Network Health has ranked among the top 10 Medicaid health plans nationally, according to NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings — Medicaid. 

Network Health is among 10 health plans nationally and the first health plan in New England to earn the NCQA Multicultural Health Care Distinction. Additionally, Network Health is nationally recognized for its innovative programs; it won the Dorland Health Case In Point Platinum Award for “Best Integrated Case Management Program” in 2012 and “Best Overall Case/Care Management Program” in 2010. Network Health is also recognized for its top leadership team among health plans nationwide by HealthLeaders Media.

Network Health became a subsidiary of Tufts Health Plan in 2011. Tufts Health Plan is a nonprofit organization nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage to its more than 999,000 members. For 2012 – 2013, its HMO and POS programs are ranked second in the nation according to NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings — Private, and its Medicare Preferred HMO received a 4.5-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2013. With headquarters in Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan also serves members in Rhode Island. For more information, visitwww.tuftshealthplan.com.

For more information about Network Health, call 888-257-1985 or visit 
www.Network-Health.org. Follow Network Health on Facebook and @_NetworkHealth on Twitter.

To learn about health plan options, Massachusetts residents can call the Health Connector at 
877-636-4654 (TTY: 877-623-7773), Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.mahealthconnector.org; call MassHealth at 800-841-2900 (TTY: 800-497-4648), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.mass.gov/masshealth; or call the Medical Security Program at 800-908-8801, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit www.mass.gov/dua/msp.

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