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Vivida Medicaid Managed Care: June 20, 2019

It’s funded by the state and federal government. “Medicaid is a government-sponsored program that provides health care for low-income eligible adults, children, pregnant moms, the elderly and disabled populations,” said Dr. Jon Hart, a clinical strategy VP with Lee Health.

Previously, patients who qualify for Medicaid in Southwest Florida have had four options--But a new Medicaid program is giving patients another option for care—one that’s a little closer to home. “What does make us different is we are a provider service network which means that this health care program is owned and operated and governed by local health care providers in region 8,” said Dr. Hart.

The new program is called Vivida Health—it was created to serve Region 8 in Southwest Florida—which includes Lee County, Collier County, Hendry County, Glades County, Charlotte County, De Soto County, and Sarasota County. “We’re very sensitive to the different needs of folks of this region as opposed to other areas in the state or even the nation,” he said.

In 2017, Lee Health was responsible for about 42 percent of the inpatient Medicaid claims that occurred in Region 8.

Vivida Medicaid is accepted by all health experts employed by Lee Health in the Lee Physician Group. “If we can bring the care to the patient the way the patient needs it, removing obstacles, closing gaps, smoothing transitions then we would be able to get these patients better care than they are already getting,” he said.

A local option for patients aimed at simplifying and improving their health care.


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