Technology Trends in Medicaid

Did you miss last week’s Medicaid Matters Talk Show? Richard Yadon, show host interviewed Gwen Williams VP of Molina Medicaid about the latest trends driving the Medicaid eco-system forward toward 2013. Ms. Williams currently serves as the Chairwomen of the Private Sector Technology Group. Learn more about the PSTG by clicking here.

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Memorial Day 2012

Richard Yadon, Host Medicaid Matters Talk Show

Memorial Day 2012. I am struck by the number of times in the past week that I have seen the slogan “Freedom isn’t free”, these words are often spoken but rarely reflected upon. Memorial Day was created with this goal in mind, a day for reflection for the American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine who never returned to their families.

Last month the Medicaid Matters Talk Show traveled to Washington D.C. for the MHPA Awards Forum, while I was there I got to visit the U.S. Navy Memorial for the first time. As I stood in the halls looking at images of fellow seamen past and present I was reminded of how it felt to be proud of my service to my country and at the same time looking forward to coming home.

I was fortunate, I served and I returned home. My life is filled with what FREEDOM affords every American… family, friends, church, and business ownership. The slogan “Freedom isn’t free” is a great reminder that my lifestyle has come at a cost. Many were not as lucky as I; they served our great country and never returned home. I am not only thankful for each of these brave men and women but also challenged by their sacrifice. Memorial Day reminds me that along with FREEDOM comes great responsibility to use my freedom to benefit the lives of others. It could be at home, in our communities, within our church families, or the office, we are all called to make a difference.

Enjoy this special holiday weekend. I hope that you get to spend it with friends and family enjoying all that the first weekend of summer has to offer. Please also join me in reflecting and remembering those that have made the greatest sacrifice to our country.

Happy Memorial Day,

Richard Yadon

BIO- Dr. Harvinder Sareen

BIO- Dr. Harvinder Sareen

Harvinder Sareen, Ph.D., is the Clinical Programs Director for WellPoint’s Medicaid business unit. Dr. Sareen plays a key role in leading WellPoint’s initiative to promote healthier lifestyles and address childhood obesity. Under her leadership, the initiative has facilitated innovative BMI training and other resources for primary care physicians as well as partnered with academic institutions to generate evidence for school fresh fruit and vegetable bars and furthermore support legislation on child nutrition and salad bars. Her work focuses on leveraging clinical best practices, instituting functional health literacy to improve health outcomes, advancing patient-centered medical homes in Medicaid and evaluating innovative approaches such as “exergaming” for health promotion.

Dr. Sareen has spearheaded several collaborative projects with leaders in the arenas of healthcare, research, and public service including the National Committee for Quality Assurance, to pilot test the feasibility of a performance measure in childhood obesity; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, to promote standard screening for obesity and BMI measurement; the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to promote healthier lifestyles among young adolescents in low-income communities; and the University of California, Los Angeles, to evaluate the effectiveness of the fresh fruit and vegetable bar program for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In addition to the above, Dr. Sareen has developed SimpleSteps, a pilot wellness program for employees under the umbrella of WellPoint’s Choose Better Health program. She also co-chaired the California WellPoint Associate Wellness Committee for five years.

Dr. Sareen holds a doctoral degree from the UCLA School of Public Health with a minor in Anthropology. Her previous work includes working closely with underserved populations in northern India, the Women, Infants, and Children program in South Los Angeles, the California Healthy Start program, AIDS Project Los Angeles, First 5 Ventura County, California, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Sareen serves on the advisory boards of the National Institute of Health Care Management Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Council and the Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) Center for Best Practices. She is an active member of the Society for Research on Child Development and the American Public Health Association. Dr. Sareen was inducted into the Delta-Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health in 2004 and was the recipient of the MHPA Joy Wheeler Leadership Award in 2011.

3/27 |Integrated Care Management | Robert Mendonsa CEO Aetna

Robert Mendonsa, CEO AetnaWe are honored to have Robert Mendonsa CEO Of Aetna Better Health in Illinois as our guest on the March 27th Medicaid Matters Talk Show.

As chief executive officer of Aetna Better Health in Illinois, Robert Mendonsa’s (BIO) primary responsibilities include overseeing health plan staff and establishing and maintaining a system for reviewing, assessing and implementing the state contract.


In addition, he is responsible for the implementation and execution of the health plan’s Integrated
Management Care program. Mr. Mendonsa has had a long career with Aetna. He began as a sales manager in 1991 and, since then, has held six positions in three states. Prior to his current role, he was president of small and middle markets for the 16-state North Central Region. Based in Chicago, he was responsible for profit and loss for health insurance products sold to employers with 2 to 3,000 workers. Before re-joining Aetna, Mr. Mendonsa was the chief financial and administrative officer at Association House of Chicago, a 110-year-old social service institution dedicated to improving the lives of the neediest.Throughout his career, Mr.Mendonsa has devoted a significant amount of time to public service causes.

He has served as chair of the American Heart Association,Community Health, a free clinic on Chicago’s west side, and the Aetna Foundation Regional Grants Council. Mr. Mendonsa earned a master’s degree in business from the University
of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California,Los Angeles.