WellCare names James W. Howatt medical director in Iowa
Prior to joining WellCare, Dr. Howatt served as staff vice president and medical director for WellPoint, where he was responsible for implementing more efficient health care delivery systems for dual-eligible beneficiaries in California, New York and Virginia.
Previously, Dr. Howatt served as the chief medical officer (CMO) for Molina Healthcare, Inc., where he oversaw the medical management of the company's subsidiaries, including utilization management; quality improvement; credentialing and accreditation; pharmacy; and risk management activities. He also served as CMO for Humana TRICARE.
Dr. Howatt received his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of California, San Francisco, and a master's of business administration in health management from the University of Phoenix. He interned and completed his residency program in family practice at Ventura County Hospital in Ventura, Calif.
Board certified as a family physician, Dr. Howatt is a member of the American College of Managed Care Medicine and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University School of Community and Global Health in Claremont, Calif. He has an active medical license in California and is pursuing licensure in Iowa.