April 2017, Dr. Cary Shames, Sharp Health Plan’s Chief Medical Officer, is quoted in this Sharp Health News article on preventive care. He offers the benefits of why members should take advantage of these no-cost doctor’s visits.
September 2016, Pharmacy Benefits Specialist Judy Mai from Sharp Health Plan is featured in this article from Sharp Health News on the Medicare doughnut hole. The article explains the hole and Mai provides valuable tips on how to keep yourself out of it.
August 2016, Jessica Bixenmann from Sharp Health Plan’s Best Health team is featured in this article for Sharp Health News on healthy after-school snack alternatives.
August 2016, Jessica Bixenmann of Sharp Health Plan’s Best Health team was featured in this article for Sharp Health News about whether or not you should purposefully make yourself sweat more during exercise to lose weight.
July 2016, Jessica Bixenmann from the Best Health team is featured in this Sharp Health News article on the dangers of heat stroke.
July 2016, Jessica Bixenmann of the Best Health team was featured in this Sharp Health News article on five tips to follow when shopping for sunglasses.
June 2016, Sharp Health Plan’s Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Tuteur is featured in this Sharp Health News article on diabetic retinopathy. This serious vision condition is now the leading cause of blindness in people ages 25-74 in the U.S.
June 2016, Director of Pharmacy Benefits Debi Reissman is featured in this article for Sharp Health News on insurance coverage options for both domestic and international travel.
May 2016, Debi Reissman, Sharp Health Plan’s director of pharmacy benefits, is featured in this Sharp Health News article offering tips to help you remember to take your medications.
May 2016, Heather O’Gorman from the Best Health team is featured in this article from Sharp Health News. She provides tips on helping your children avoid secondhand smoke. Recent studies on the dangers of secondhand smoke on children are also included in the article.
May 2016, With graduations approaching, Chief Business Development Officer Michael Byrd is quoted in this article on health insurance options for those college bound.
April 2016, Sharp Health Plan’s Jessica Bixenmann is featured in this article on Sharp Health News. She provides valuable tips on how to build exercise into your day at home, at work and in your weekend activities.
April 2016, For National Walking Day on April 6, Sharp Health Plan’s Jessica Bixenmann was featured in this article for Sharp Health News on hiking tips. She provides advice on what to do before, during and after your hike, along with helpful links on popular hiking paths.
April 2016, Sharp Health Plan’s Kristen Albair, a marketing and communications coordinator, is featured in this article for Sharp Health News on her participation in the Ragnar Relay So Cal. She is a member of Ragnar’s first all-cancer survivor team.
March 2016, Sharp Health Plan’s Robyn Nolin was featured in this article for Sharp Health News on postpartum coaching. She discusses why new parents should consider hiring a coach during this time of transition and what services are provided.
March 2016, Three Sharp Health Plan employees received Guardian Angel awards with the Sharp HealthCare Foundation: Case Managers Robyn Nolin and Selomie Negusse-Noeth and Customer Care Representative La’quetta Glasper. You can read more about their special stories in Sharp Health News.
March 2016, Sharp Health Plan’s Heather O’Gorman was featured in a Sharp Health News article on wearable technology. Surprisingly, studies show older adults use wearable fitness technology more than their younger counterparts.
March 2016, Sharp Health Plan was featured in an article for Sharp Health News on prediabetes. A new humor campaign encourages people to take a free online prediabetes risk test, as one in three adults have it and only 10 percent know about it.
January 2016, Sharp Health Plan’s Director of Pharmacy Benefits Debi Reissman answers your top prescription questions in this article from Sharp Health News. Learn the benefits of using a generic, what to do if your medication isn’t covered under your plan and more.
January 2016, Best Health’s Michelle Milles is quoted in an article on the health benefits of reading. You’ll receive tips on why you should incorporate reading into your daily schedule and shut off the eReaders at night.
January 2016, Sharp Health Plan’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cary Shames is quoted in this article on how to get the most out of your health plan. For the new year, members should take advantage of all the preventive health benefits available to them without a copay.
December 2015, Sharp Health Plan’s Best Health team members Ben Aragon and Jessica Bixenmann are featured on Sharp Health News in an informative article on sticking to your weight loss goals. Following their tips will help you change your eating and exercising habits.
December 2015, Sharp Health Plan’s Behavior Change Expert and Wellness Coach Jessica Bixenmann is quoted in this article on ways the outdoors can make you healthier and happier. It’s an especially beneficial activity during the stressful holiday season.
December 2015, Sharp Health Plan’s Health and Wellness Coach Jessica Bixenmann gives expert tips on managing portion sizes during holiday events in this helpful infographic. It demonstrates even the most simplistic activities can burn calories.
December 2015, Sharp Health Plan’s Director of Pharmacy Benefits, Debi Reissman, provides valuable tips for filling prescriptions. From effective methods in saving time and money to what questions to ask the pharmacist when filling new prescriptions, find out what you need to know.
December 2015, Sharp Health Plan’s Health Promotion Lead Ben Aragon and Health Coach Jess Bixenmann provide advice on how to manage stress during holiday season for Sharp Health News. The easy-to-follow tips help you experience the joy this time of year should bring.
November 2015, The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout Day is Nov. 19th, and encourages smokers to make a plan to quit. Sharp Health Plan’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cary Shames and Health Coach Heather O’Gorman provided expertise for an advice article.
Sharp Health Plan earns national recognition for quality and service
November 2015, Sharp Health Plan recently received major ratings confirmations for its commitment to quality and service. These include achieving the highest level of Excellent Accreditation status by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and obtaining 4 out of 4 stars in the Covered California Rating System. Read the press release.
Sharp Health Plan’s Chief Business Development Officer helps San Diegans navigate open enrollment
October 2015, Michael Byrd, Chief Business Development officer for Sharp Health Plan, discusses open enrollment for the individual and family plan (IFP) market in the San Diego Union Tribune. The article educates the public on navigating the insurance renewal process and answers commonly asked questions. Read the whole article in the San Diego Union Tribune.
Sharp Health Plan names Dr. Cary B. Shames as new Chief Medical Officer
January 2015, Dr. Cary Shames has been appointed to the role of Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Sharp Health Plan. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shames will be responsible for oversight of Sharp Health Plans’ clinical operations to include Quality, Network Management and Performance, Pharmacy, Medical Management, and other activities and interventions to enhance the quality of health care services delivered.
Prior to joining Sharp Health Plan, Dr. Shames held several key executive and medical director positions at major medical device and managed health care organizations, including ResMed, Anthem/Wellpoint, PacifiCare Health Systems and Aetna.
Sharp Health Plan is one of 12 health plans nationwide to receive the NCQA accreditation for wellness and health promotionDecember 2014, Sharp Health Plan recently received National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Wellness & Health Promotion (WHP) Accreditation, and is one of only 12 health plans to achieve this distinction. Sharp Health Plan’s health and wellness program, Best Health, provides personalized resources, including one-on-one health coaching, online workshops, fitness tracking tools and the HealthyNow mobile app, to inspire and support members on the journey to their best health.
Sharp Health Plan partners with TEDxSanDiego to support innovation
November 2014, As a lead Catalyst Partner of this popular day-long event, Sharp Health Plan supports both regional and international innovators and change-makers presenting at TEDxSanDiego. The event's theme, "Chain Reaction," explores the ways in which a person, idea or technology is able to affect the lives of many, thus changing the fabric of our society.
October 2014, Sharp Health Plan's CEO reviews the first year of San Diego's only health plan available on California's health exchange.
Sharp Health Plan Ranks No. 3 in California and among top 100 nationally in NCQA’s private health insurance plan rankings 2014-2015
September 2014, Sharp Health Plan ranks no. 3 in California and no. 97 nationwide by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2014-2015. The rankings are based on three types of quality measures: clinical quality, consumer satisfaction and results from NCQA’s review of a health plan’s health quality processes. Overall, more than 600 private health plans across the nation were reviewed. Read more.
Sharp Health Plan receives Accreditation as a provider in Covered California
August 2013, Sharp Health Plan was awarded Accreditation on Covered California’s new Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded Sharp Health Plan its highest accreditation status, “Excellent,” for service and clinical qualityMay 2013
, The National Committee for Quality Assurance
(NCQA) awarded Sharp Health Plan its highest Accreditation status, “Excellent,” for health plan clinical quality and customer service among commercial health plans.
NCQA health plan Accreditation is the most rigorous process for evaluating the quality of care and customer service that insurers provide. It is more comprehensive and specific than accreditation from other organizations and the most widely recognized Accreditation program in the United States.
Sharp Health Plan is one of six organizations nationwide to receive the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation for wellness and health promotion.December 2012, Sharp Health Plan became one of six organizations nationwide to achieve Accreditation specific to Wellness and Health Promotion from the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA-WHP). The NCQA-WHP comprehensively assesses the ability of wellness programs to meet or exceed standards in key areas of health promotion and how well services assist participants in developing health life skills.
, For the 13th year in a row, Sharp HealthCare has been named among the top 100 integrated health care networks in the nation.
February 2012, Members rate Sharp Health Plan on CAHPS survey.
June 2010, Supporting organizations like the Girl Scouts of San Diego is essential to Sharp Health Plan's mission to improve the health and well-being of those we serve.
San Diego Business Journal Executive Profile: Melissa Hayden Cook.