UnitedHealthcare expects to hire 335 employees in the Baltimore area in 2012 following its recent acquisition of XLHealth, a Baltimore-based provider of Medicare Advantage health plans focused on underserved and chronically ill beneficiaries.
The new jobs will support UnitedHealthcare’s expansion of XLHealth’s chronic care management capabilities that will bring innovative new services to Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland and across the country.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley joined UnitedHealth Group President and CEO Stephen J. Hemsley and UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement Chief Government Relations Officer Paul Serini today at UnitedHealthcare’s Warehouse at Camden Yards location for an announcement regarding the company’s expansion in Maryland.
“UnitedHealthcare is committed to Baltimore as an employer and business partner, and we welcome the opportunity to become more engaged in the region’s growth,” said Hemsley. “By increasing our workforce in Maryland, we can expand our chronic care management capabilities and deliver new services that will help Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland and across the country live healthier lives.”
“Maryland has a longstanding history as a leader in health care innovation, and we are pleased that UnitedHealthcare is creating jobs in our state and helping us uphold this tradition,” said Gov. O’Malley. “Maryland ranks No. 1 in entrepreneurship and innovation according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and UnitedHealthcare’s investment affirms that this is an attractive place for businesses to expand. Public-private partnerships between the federal government, state government and local business can and will drive health care innovation and better quality care for the nation’s Medicare beneficiaries.”
The 335 new positions will be split between UnitedHealthcare’s existing offices in Baltimore and a new location in Elkridge, Md.
About 250 of the newly created jobs will enable UnitedHealthcare to expand its HouseCalls program, a unique clinical service that assesses the health condition of Medicare beneficiaries with complex health needs and identifies gaps in their care. HouseCalls includes in-home visits by nurse practitioners or other qualified clinicians who coordinate and supplement the care provided by a beneficiary’s primary care physician or other providers.
Another 85 new hires will support a pharmacist counseling program designed to help UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members take their medications as prescribed. This initiative provides members with personalized counseling from a specialty-trained plan pharmacist to help them understand their medication regimen and take their medications as directed by their physicians. When appropriate, members are referred to programs that can help them afford their medications.
When hiring begins, people with health care or customer service experience are encouraged to apply online at http://www.xlhealth.com/jobs/default.aspx.
“This move highlights UnitedHealthcare’s continued focus on job creation and improving the quality of care that members receive through innovative services,” said Serini.
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, employs more than 2,700 and serves more than 780,000 Maryland residents with a health care network of 65 hospitals and more than 10,000 physicians and other care professionals statewide.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.