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Samuel Young, M.D., MBA, CPE, Joins First Choice VIP Care Plus by Select Health of South Carolina as Medical Director


April 6, 2017
North Charleston, S.C

First Choice VIP Care Plus, a Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) for individuals who are dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, offered by Select Health of South Carolina and part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, announced today that Samuel Young, M.D., MBA, CPE, has joined the health plan as medical director. He will report to Jay Powell, vice president of Medicare for South Carolina.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Young to First Choice VIP Care Plus," said Jay Powell. "Dr. Young's experience and knowledge will certainly be a tremendous asset to our health plan."

Board certified in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Young comes to First Choice VIP Care Plus with more than 10 years of health care administration, private practice, and academic experience. Most recently, he served as medical director at UnitedHealthcare in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was Employee & Individual Spine team lead and Neighborhood Health Partnership lead medical director.

As medical director at First Choice VIP Care Plus, Young's responsibilities include leading all local MMP clinical review and utilization management. He is tasked with working with the Integrated Care Management team to execute the CMS-approved Model of Care (MOC), implementing best practices to improve health outcomes, and raising other quality indicators for the members that First Choice VIP Care Plus serves. Additionally, he will assist local MMP leadership, outreach, and advocacy personnel, and Network Management teams with representing the MMP in the community. He will be a liaison with government customers, health care providers, and other professional organizations.

Young holds a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, earned a medical degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School, and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at Duke University. In addition, he recently earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School.

About First Choice VIP Care Plus
First Choice VIP Care Plus is an MMP offered by Select Health of South Carolina Inc. that is open to dual eligibles (people eligible for Medicare and Medicaid) who qualify for Healthy Connections Prime, South Carolina's financial alignment demonstration. First Choice VIP Care Plus conveniently offers members Medicare and Medicaid benefits in one plan and is backed by Select Health's 20 years of expertise in caring for South Carolinians most in need. For more information, visit www.firstchoicevipcareplus.com.

About AmeriHealth Caritas
AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation's leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 16 states and the District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 5.6 million Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, behavioral health services, and other administrative services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with more than 30 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritas.com.