GUIDEWELL PRESIDENT AND CEO PAT GERAGHTY: The world is a very different place for all of us lately. Businesses, medical professionals, and families have been forced to find a new normal as we work collectively work to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. As schools and businesses close, communities enact stay at home orders, and employees turn dining room tables into makeshift offices, it is easy to let fear and worry consume us. There is no more important time for GuideWell-as a health solutions enterprise-to stand up and lead---to be a calming presence and to let our communities know that...

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March 30, 2020

Onlife Health and PopHealthCare, together with their parent company GuideWell, announced today an initial investment of $50,000 for urgent health and safety needs in communities across the Nashville area in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The contributions will address middle Tennessee emergency assistance efforts. Together, the Nashville-based companies Onlife and PopHealthCare employ 800 people in Tennessee and the donation will support emergency needs around their area offices. The gift from their parent company, GuideWell, is being made to the United Way of Greater...

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The risk of contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remains low, despite more cases being confirmed throughout the country. So, what does that mean for you and your family? It’s a good time to focus on taking precautions to help keep you all from getting the virus. Frequently washing your hands with soap and water and avoiding people who are sick are among the most important ways to avoid being infected. Most of the people who contract COVID-19 recover in a matter of days, oftentimes at home, according to health officials. There have been nearly 90 cases in the United States...

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March 2, 2020 corona virus, COVID-19, virus

What to expect at the 2020 Lake Nona Impact Forum The Lake Nona Impact Forum convenes more than 300 thought leaders with a variety of views from business, academia, government and health care, and will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City. One of the main goals of the event is to bring thought leaders together who are driving creative, innovative health and wellness solutions, which in turn encourages thinking about new ways to address health care issues we’re all trying to solve. As in past years, parts of the event will take place at our...

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February 26, 2020

As we close out 2019, we reflect not only on our successes this year but also on what GuideWell has accomplished in its first five years as a health solutions company. When GuideWell entered the market in 2014, we employed approximately 6, 500 people and operated in a handful of states. Today, GuideWell is made up of more than 13, 000 employees and serves 27 million people across 35 states, plus Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Over the past five years, GuideWell has demonstrated the ability to innovate, collaborate, diversify and respond in the face of...

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VR

Wearing a headset and using a joystick, Cynthia Schroeder appears to be playing a video game, but what the retired, stay-at-home mom is really doing is taking part in a Virtual Reality (VR) program designed to help her with stress and anxiety. In the past, she says she’s talked with her physician about treatment but was hesitant to try medication. “I just exercise now and try to do things natural,” Schroeder said. But natural methods aren’t always enough to keep Schroeder’s stress at bay. That’s why she was ecstatic to be one of about two dozen...

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Sanitas expansion

Sanitas Medical Centers is expanding in Hillsborough County, adding four new primary care centers set to open in early 2020. The centers will offer a patient-focused and concierge-level experience that helps Florida Blue members and their families achieve their health and wellness goals. Patients covered by most Florida Blue plans will have unlimited $0 copay primary care visits and up to two urgent care visits per year at Sanitas. The four new facilities will be located in Citrus Park, Lake Magdalene, Temple Terrace and Riverview, providing routine care, preventive care, chronic disease...

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November 22, 2019 sanitas, culturally competent care

New research from Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) and GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to Florida’s largest health insurance company, found that alerts sent to pharmacies notifying them that insurance would cover no more than a 7-day supply for patients who were newly starting opioid therapy resulted in a decrease in patients receiving too much of the opioid drug. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when opioids are used for acute pain, a three-day supply or fewer is often sufficient; more than seven days is rarely needed.1...

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Caring for Caregivers

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, today announced its 2019 Health Innovation Challenge, Caring for Caregivers, focused on addressing critical barriers family caregivers face while caring for adult family members. The Caring for Caregivers Challenge will award up to $400,000 in prize money to as many as four companies or non-profit organizations, or teams of organizations, with sustainable, innovative approaches to reduce or eliminate the complex issues faced by family caregivers every...

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Peer recovery specialists

The stories of how Alex Porter and Rico Bodin became addicted to opioids might differ. For Alex, prescription drugs were easy for the then-16-year-old girl to steal from her mom’s medicine cabinet. Rico abused drugs to help escape from complex family problems. But what they now share is a recovery that includes rescuing others from the profound grip of addiction. Both Rico and Alex are peer recovery specialists at Gateway Community Services (GCS), an addiction treatment center in Jacksonville, Florida.  This year, The...

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August 31, 2018

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