Governor Pete Ricketts, Dannette R. Smith, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Kevin Bagley, Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, honored this year’s Nebraska Medicaid Provider Awards on Monday, Oct. 4. The awards recognized four outstanding providers for Heritage Health Adult, Nebraska’s Medicaid program.
“These winners of the Nebraska Medicaid Provider Awards provided outstanding customer service, delivered with efficiency and excellence, and are transparent partners who carefully steward taxpayer dollars,” said Governor Ricketts. “They exemplify our mission which is to create opportunity through more effective, more efficient and customer-focused state government,”
Gov. Ricketts introduced the winners from the managed care organizations’ (MCOs) networks and the dental plan. The MCOs are UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Nebraska, Nebraska Total Care, Healthy Blue of Nebraska and MCNA Dental. Awards were given to those selected that have demonstrated exceptional and measurable contributions during the pandemic to their clinical practice in the Medicaid population. The winners were nominated from within each of their organizations.
“We are extremely grateful to our Medicaid providers who help their fellow Nebraskans live better lives”, said Director Bagley. “During a difficult year, these providers went above and beyond in providing excellent service to our Medicaid members. These awards recognize their contributions to the Medicaid program and their commitment to improving the health of their community.”
The local honoree of the Nebraska Medicaid Provider Awards is Dr. John Tubbs. Nebraska Total Care (NTC) is proud to identify Dr. John Tubbs from Stuart as the nominee for the Governor’s Medicaid Award. Dr. Tubbs graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine.
After he completed his residency in 2002, Dr. Tubbs went into practice at Midtown Family Practice in Omaha. In 2005, he and his wife, Erica, chose to move to northeastern Nebraska to provide medical care to a more rural population. They have clinics in Stuart, Atkinson and Bassett and are enjoying the opportunity to continue offering quality medicine to the communities.
Dr. Tubbs is the winner of the NTC 2020 Physician Summit Award, which is presented to a doctor in their state-wide network. This awardee produced the highest Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) quality scores across multiple key measures. Dr. Tubbs has been a provider in NTC’s network since the plan’s inception date of Jan. 1, 2017, and has demonstrated a commitment to delivering high quality services and meeting rural health needs for the Medicaid members in his communities.