Dana Westwood McHugh provides clients a powerful combination of extensive managed care expertise, spanning Medicare, Medicaid and commercial plans and experience with network development, insurance contracting, and long-term care administration.
Prior to joining HMA, Dana was executive director of the Florida Association of Homes for the Aging Health and Services Corp. (FAHA H&S), a subsidiary of LeadingAge Florida, representing Florida non-profit long-term care communities. She developed FAHA H&S from the ground up and was responsible for contract negotiations, health system relationships, and education resources for Leading Age Florida/FAHA H&S member providers. Because of her managed care experience and industry relationships, she provided revenue generating assistance for her clients with credentialing, billing, proper prior authorization processing, best practices, and management of quality data related to current contract payment requirements.
Dana has more than 20 years of management experience in the healthcare industry. She played a key role in the establishment of both WellCare and Prestige Health Choice where she was instrumental in developing networks and expanding markets. She served as the Florida state director of Provider Operations at Prestige Health Choice. She played a pivotal role in expanding Prestige’s Medicaid network from three counties to 60. As a result, Prestige was awarded contracts for eight of 11 regions during the state Medicaid managed care rollout. Dana was responsible for contracts and maintenance of the network for all of Florida, which included 134 hospitals, over 2,000 primary care physicians, and more than 16,000 specialists.
Prior to Prestige Health Choice, Dana served as executive director of the North Florida Region at Freedom Health, Inc. She contracted the Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial expansion market for four counties and completed required documentation to open counties with applicable state and federal agencies. Her varied expertise can be traced back to the experience she gained as a provider relations representative at Humana earlier in her career.
Dana earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Barry University.
She enjoys gardening, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her husband, Bill, and the pups, Chloe and Molly.