The University of Texas School of Public Health healthcare management team took first place in the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Texas Gulf Coast regional case competition on Nov. 10.
In a case competition, teams of students race against the clock to develop the best solution to a business-related case study. The competitions offer students an opportunity to showcase their teamwork, leadership and management skills.
The team, comprised of Ms. Jessica Baldwin, Ms. Mrudula Nair, Ms. Kim Rokyta and Mr. Jordan Williams, had two weeks to develop a plan for affordable long-term senior care. They proposed building a transitional care program for patients enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plan operated by multispecialty care clinic Kelsey-Seybold, with an emphasis on Fort Bend County — one of the fastest growing and most diverse counties in Texas.
[Photo: (L to R) Ms. Mrudula Nair, Ms. Jessica Baldwin, Mr. Jordan Williams, and Ms. Kim Rokyta]
A small additional premium of $10 a month ($120 a year) would fund the program and give seniors access to short- and long-term care planning, mental health and home health, allowing them to stay at home independently longer. The team showed that their plan would be significantly less expensive than nursing homes, which can cost up to $72,000 a year in Texas, as well as in-home care services and adult day care. Their solid proposal and presentation won them the competition and the $1,000 prize.
New this academic year, UTHealth School of Public Health healthcare management students may participate in multiple case competitions as a part of their required capstone course, an option Mr. Williams says he appreciates.
“While some projects are more theoretical, in a case competition they give you a real issue that doesn’t have a solution yet,” he says. “Once we graduate, we are most likely going to run into the same kind of issues in the workplace.”