McLaren Health Plan awarded Pinnacle Award

From left: Dominick Pallone, executive director, MAHP; Sen. John Bizon (R), MD; Mary Lynn Clark, vice president Health Services, McLaren Health Plan; Nancy Jenkins, president and CEO, McLaren Health Plan; Lisa Farnum, managing director, MAHP Foundation. Photo provided

From left: Dominick Pallone, executive director, MAHP; Sen. John Bizon (R), MD; Mary Lynn Clark, vice president Health Services, McLaren Health Plan; Nancy Jenkins, president and CEO, McLaren Health Plan; Lisa Farnum, managing director, MAHP Foundation. Photo provided

FLINT — For the 14th time since 2003 – and the fifth consecutive year – McLaren Health Plan has been awarded a Pinnacle Award from the Michigan Association of Health Plans. The ceremony took place at a reception held Sept. 24 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.

Nine Michigan health plans from across the state submitted 28 ground-breaking programs demonstrating creative approaches to innovation in the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid sectors to improve health care and lower costs for Michigan citizens.

McLaren Health Plan’s “Move on Up” program was submitted in the Business Operational Performance – Government Programs category and chosen to receive a Pinnacle Award for the innovative way in which it coordinates health care for children with special health care needs. These children have overwhelming disabilities that affect their entire family. Often, these families are lost in the health care system with no support for their conditions which require specialized care. McLaren Health Plan’s “Move on Up” program helps children move up from their current Medicaid benefits by qualifying for additional benefits through MDHHS’ Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS).

The goal of “Move on Up” is to help these families meet their challenges on a daily basis. Children in “Move on Up” receive open access to their own McLaren Health Plan nurse, availability to a broad range of medical care facilitated by their primary care physician; coordinated collaboration between medical professionals; community based services to help care for the children at home and assistance navigating the health care system.

“I’m extremely proud of the innovative work our team does every day,” said Nancy Jenkins, president and CEO of McLaren Health Plan. “But I’m even more proud of the outcome of this work, which is the improved ability for children with disabilities – and their families – to be able to navigate the health care system with support and encouragement so they can get the specialized care they seek with the added help they need.”

Health plans submit new programs to a judging panel comprised of health care experts, leaders of other Michigan associations, and lawmakers. The panel reviewed submissions in depth before selecting winners in various categories for commercial, Medicaid and Medicare health plans. – G.G.