Best Foot Forward Highlighted by Its Partner,
Centene Corporation, as Strategic Diversity
Supplier in Recent Annual Report
Supplier in Recent Annual Report MARCH 7, 2022 – Best Foot Forward (BFF), a health resource
management firm specializing in helping government-insured managed care health plans, is proud to share that they were featured in Centene Corporation’s recently released “AMPLIFY AND ACT – 2021 Annual Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” Centene, a Fortune 25 company and multi-national healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives, showcased BFF while underlying the importance of advancing diversity within its supplier chain, calling “driving supplier diversity a strategic enterprise-wide effort.” Centene notes that more than
50% of its health plans work with suppliers like BFF to develop budgets, strategies,
and timelines to ensure diverse participation.
Since 2018, Centene affiliate, Meridian Health in Illinois, has contracted with BFF—a
certified minority business—to help the health plans enhance member engagement.
As part of a pilot program, BFF was successful in assisting Meridian increase
member participation in health risk assessments. BFF began by contacting 200
members per month. Thanks to a high rate of success during the pilot, the
partnership has continued to grow, and BFF now contacts 4,000 members per
month and their business footprint has expanded to eight states.
BFF co-CEO Byron Dennis explained, that BFF was honored to be featured in the
Centene Report as an excellent example of success. “The great part about our
relationship with Centene are the team members we work with, who treat us as
partners rather than vendors. Our Centene partners represent diversity in culture,
Best Foot Forward (BFF), a certified minority-owned business, is headquartered in South
Florida, with offices in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. BFF’s mission is to provide
integrated programs using insight-driven solutions that focus on delivering a clear process
to connect, communicate, and assist managed care members and plan providers.
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Best Foot Forward Reaches a Special Milestone – Hires its 100th Employee
Best Foot Forward (BFF), a health resource management firm specializing in helping government-insured managed care health plans, announced today it just brought on board its 100th active employee. The firm, founded in 2009, has been growing at a rapid clip over the last couple of years — despite the challenges of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re very proud of this achievement,” explains BFF co-CEO Rich Dudley. “For any small business, this is a major milestone.” Byron Dennis, BFF’s other co-CEO, agrees. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the rate Best Foot Forward is growing and our ability to bring new employment opportunities to these local communities.”
Best Foot Forward’s mission is to assist health care organizations and government-insurance payors to first locate, re-establish contact, and then connect them to their new members or with their hard-to-reach, high-utilization, or target-risk group members. BFF is known within the health management industry for having a best-in-class success rate of 50% in reconnecting to what is referred to as ‘Unable to Contact’ members.
A majority of the employees BFF has brought on board is to man its Call Centers. Just this past May, BFF opened a brand-new Call Center outside of Chicago to expand and enhance its already successful engagement services and to consolidate the entire team into one prime location for more efficient, centralized calling. The employee who has the honor of becoming the 100th hire is Tanzyanika Hampton, who works at this Hillside, IL Call Center location, which is operated by Best Foot Forward Solution Services (BFFSS), a division of Best Foot Forward Sales.
BFFSS President Lennette Roberts was a part of the recent celebration to acknowledge the BFF milestone and to celebrate. “We’re so pleased to have Tanzyanika on board, as well as all of our BFFSS team members, many of whom have been working remotely recently. We expanded last spring into this new facility, because we outgrew our last space. Now we’re ready to begin hiring even more workers and work to reach our next employment goal,” says Roberts.
Dudley and Dennis explained that they still have room to grow as they fulfill the BFF motto to: ‘Locate, Educate, and Engage.’ “Our journey continues as we put our own ‘best foot forward’ into a new and exciting era for us,” said Dennis.
Best Foot Forward (BFF), a certified minority-owned business, is headquartered in South Florida, with offices in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. BFF’s mission is to provide integrated programs using insight-driven solutions that focus on delivering a clear process to connect, communicate, and assist managed care members and plan providers.
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Best Foot Forward Launches All-New Call Center to Further Enhance Its Superior Phone-Based Engagement Services
MONDAY, MAY 3, 2021 – Best Foot Forward (BFF), a health resource management firm specializing in helping government-insured managed care health plans, announced today the opening of a brand-new Call Center to expand and enhance its already successful engagement services. The Call Center, located in Hillside, Illinois, about 15 miles west of Chicago, is operated by Best Foot Forward Solution Services (BFFSS), a division of Best Foot Forward Sales. The new larger Call Center will once again bring team members back (from working remotely from home because of COVID) into one centralized location.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with this new larger Cook County facility, as we outgrew our last space,” explains BFFSS President Lennette Roberts. “This new space allows us the room to consolidate the entire team into one prime location for more efficient, centralized calling. The move also offers us easier access, room to grow, improved infrastructure, and enhanced IT security — as we work to ‘Locate, Educate, and Engage’.”
Best Foot Forward’s mission is to assist healthcare organizations and government-insurance payors to first locate, re-establish contact, and then connect them to their new members; or with their hard-to-reach, high-utilization, or target-risk group members. BFF is known within the industry for having a best-in-class success rate of 50% in reconnecting to what is referred to as ‘Unable to Contact’ members.
With an industry standard for Medicaid payors not being able to contact some 30% to 60% of their enrollees, Best Foot Forward provides a valuable fix that helps plan members better utilize their existing insurance coverage, thus improving plans’ health outcomes as well as addressing quality gaps as measured by HEDIS scores and other state and federal performance metrics. BFF carefully customizes and designs health engagement solutions and phone-based strategies to help health plans meet key targets and enhance member communication, patient education, and financial goals. These efforts also help reduce the gaps in care experienced by minority members.
“Our new Call Center will allow us more streamlined and enhanced internal collaboration,” explains BFF Co-CEO Byron Dennis. “This new facility along with our highly-effective location tools and phone-based strategies will surely result in higher engagement rates. With the opening of our new Center today, we begin a new, exciting era for Best Foot Forward.”
Best Foot Forward (BFF), a certified minority-owned business, is headquartered in South Florida, with offices in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. BFF’s mission is to provide integrated programs using insight-driven solutions that focus on delivering a clear process to connect, communicate, and assist managed care members and plan providers. www.bestfoodforwardsales.com
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Best Foot Forward (BFF), a health resource management firm specializing in member engagement services, is proud to announce its recent affiliation as a new member/partner/business associate with two leading national healthcare associations — Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) and as a Preferred Vendor with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). MHPA represents the interests of the Medicaid managed care industry through advocacy and research to support innovative policies that enhance the delivery of comprehensive, cost-effective, and quality healthcare for Medicaid enrollees; ACAP represents health plans that service their members through Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and collectively provide health coverage to more than 20 million people.
“Best Foot Forward is thrilled to become members of both these exceptional organizations and looks forward to becoming active participants,” explains Byron C. Dennis, co-CEO/partner of Best Foot Forward. “Our company works with health care organizations — primarily government insurance Managed Care health plans — to help them re-establish contact with existing members and connect with new members, hard-to-reach, high-utilization, or target-risk group enrollees. Because MHPA and ACAP provide so much valuable assistance in helping their health plan members better serve Medicaid beneficiaries, this is just a perfect fit for us. We’re honored to work together for common goals.”
Founded in 2009, Best Foot Forward provides quality and comprehensive member engagement services for today’s MCOs. Headquartered in South Florida, with offices in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, BFF uses its innovative “Locate, Educate and Engage” approach to help identify and then reconnect managed care members with plan providers.
With an industry standard of Medicaid payors not being able to contact some 30% to 60% of their members, BFF provides a true fix that helps address quality gaps measured by HEDIS scores and other state and federal performance metrics.
“At Best Foot Forward, we fully understand that when insurance providers are unable to make contact with a significant portion of their Medicaid/Medicare member population, then they’re unable to offer their services and improve health outcomes,” explains Dennis. “To resolve this, we have designed a comprehensive strategy that encompasses an amazing assortment of tools that garners unprecedented results at affordable prices. On average, we engage over 50% of the assigned members. No other firm can make those types of substantiated claims.”
“The simple fact is that health plans can’t manage their members’ care without engaging with them,” states Rich Dudley, Best Foot Forward’s other co-CEO/Partner. “We have a notable and successful track record of locating and engaging with health plan members. BFF enables the fulfilment of the managed care vision.”
Best Foot Forward (BFF), a certified minority-owned business, is headquartered in South Florida, with offices in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. BFF’s mission is to provide integrated programs using insight-driven solutions that focus on delivering a clear process to connect, communicate, and assist managed care members and plan providers. www.bestfoodforwardsales.com
Over 13 million children in the U.S. have special health care needs, and Medicaid plays an important role in ensuring these children get the care that they need to improve their health and their quality of life.
Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are those who “have or are at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally” as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cover about half of CYSHCN who require medical and long-term care services due to intellectual or developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or mental health disabilities.
Medicaid makes health care coverage affordable for these children and their families. Most of these children live in low- or middle-income families. Some CYSHCN qualify for Medicaid based solely on their family’s low income, and others qualify for Medicaid through a disability-related pathway.
States can also allow CYSHCN in middle income families to “buy in” to Medicaid to get the care that they need by covering services that are not included under private insurance and by making coverage affordable.
Most CYSHCN are school-aged, with just over one in five being five years old or younger, and many require additional help or therapy at school. Medicaid helps by supplementing special education services and by providing therapy through special education at school. Medicaid also covers additional therapies necessary for a child to function at home and in their community.
Children with higher level needs can get coverage for physical and behavioral health services and long-term services and supports that keep them living at home with their families. Many of these services are either not covered or are only available in limited amounts through private insurance.
Health plans play an important role in helping CYSHCN and their families, including two services that are essential to ensuring these families get quality care.
Assign a Primary Care Provider
The AAP recommends that pediatricians play a leadership role in ensuring CYSHCN get the care they need. Their recommendations include:
- Promoting health and wellness and timely assessments of child social-emotional health, parental and/or caregiver depression, and social determinants of health.
- Preparing pediatric practices to improve screening, referrals, and follow-up of these children to ensure they receive the care they need.
- Working with child care and school staff to monitor progress, reduce absences, and improve learning experiences and academic performance.
- Advocating for community-based resources and strategies to address social determinants of health and reduction of disparities for children with health issues and their families.
Ensuring CYSHCN families are assigned to a provider they feel comfortable with and see regularly is an important component of their care.
Provide Care Management
Care management can provide an additional level of support to these children and their families to help them navigate complex systems and ensure they get the care they need to grow into the most productive and healthy people they can be.
A few years ago, The Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis to be a public health emergency (PHE). Amid addressing the challenges of that PHE, the COVID-19 pandemic came to the doorstep and presented another challenge, which has exacerbated issues for those struggling with substance abuse and the professionals who are trying to provide treatment. EHS Today reported, “Public health officials across the country are reporting spikes in drug overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 30 states reporting increases in opioid-involved overdose deaths.”
To complicate matters, individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction are at higher risk for COVID-19 infection and complications, raising the importance of addressing both diseases.
In response to the pandemic, treatment programs have integrated telehealth technology for services they typically offer in person, including individual and group counseling, psychiatric services, support groups, and new patient admissions.
Many treatment programs have faced the same challenges in the integration of telehealth that have been faced by other health care providers. There have been technology challenges, some patients lack access to technology or the skills to use it, and there can be complicated logistical problems to figure out.
Despite the start-up challenges, telehealth has resulted in some promising outcomes for treatment programs.
For one, telehealth offers a solution for reaching patients who would otherwise experience a barrier to care. This is especially true for patients in rural areas. Previously, getting medication for the treatment of opioid addiction required an in-person appointment. However, “forty percent of counties in the U.S. do not have a single health care provider with a waiver permitting them to prescribe the opioid addiction treatment drug buprenorphine in an office setting,” according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Telehealth offers a solution for those patients.
There are also anecdotal examples of the benefits of telehealth for the treatment of substance abuse.
- An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report shared a quote from a treatment program official saying, “Our no-show rate is non-existent because of telehealth. We have bus and transportation issues when the weather is bad, but with telehealth, it is not an issue. The verbal feedback from patients is 100-percent satisfaction.”
- The OIG report also shared, “One treatment program found that patients were more willing to participate in an hour-long conversation over the phone than they were to come to the facility for an hour-long meeting.”
The advances in telehealth use are essential not only for the treatment of substance abuse but also for the treatment of comorbidities that are often connected with addiction. Substance abuse puts individuals at greater risk of multiple health issues, including:
- Mental illness
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- Tobacco use
- Infectious disease (e.g., hepatitis C)
It is important to take the lessons from this period of time to continue to leverage telehealth to break down barriers to access and deliver high-quality substance abuse treatment in the future.
Many health plans put an emphasis on assigning members to a primary care provider. It may, however, be a good practice to invest the time to match members with the right primary care provider, so the members are motivated to see the same provider consistently.
The study entitled The Medical Home, Access to Care, and Insurance: A Review of Evidence states, “International and within-nation studies indicate that a relationship with a medical home is associated with better health, on both the individual and population levels, with lower overall costs of care and with reductions in disparities in health between socially disadvantaged subpopulations and more socially advantaged populations.”
Members who have a PCP have been shown to have better health outcomes than members who do not consistently see the same PCP.
One study, The Role of Provider Continuity in Preventing Hospitalizations, showed that patients with better provider continuity for one year had significantly lower rates of hospitalization in the subsequent year.
Providers are better able to assess a patient’s risks, needs, and condition when they have knowledge of their medical history. Consistency also allows for increased trust and better communication in the doctor-patient relationship.
There is also evidence that suggests that patients are more likely to follow medical recommendations and are more satisfied with their care when they have a consistent PCP.
According to the report, Provider Continuity in Family Medicine: Does It Make a Difference for Total Health Care Costs? Provider continuity with a family physician was, indeed, one of the most important variables related to the total health care cost.
The report explains, “Looking at the individual behavior of patients, a study reviewing all claims of a random sample of Medicaid patients (aged 0 to 21 years) for 3 years showed that continuity with the same practitioner was associated with a significant reduction in the number of hospital admissions and overall costs.”
Another study, The Role of Provider Continuity in Preventing Hospitalizations, showed that continuity of care with a provider is associated with a decrease in the likelihood of hospitalization for the study group.
Reduction in Health Disparities
Yet another study, Insurance or a regular physician: Which is the Most Powerful Predictor of Health Care?, pointed to the ways in which a consistent PCP can reduce health disparities. “Lack of a regular physician is a stronger, more consistent independent predictor than insurance status of each of our 3 measures of poor access to care: delay in seeking emergency care, no physician visits in the previous year, and no emergency department visits in the previous year.”
Assigning members to PCPs has long been a priority for health plans and, anecdotally, has been accepted as a best practice. However, the research is there to back the practice up. Members who have an assigned PCP are more likely to be in better health, result in lower health care costs, and experience a reduction in health care disparities.