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Meridian to WellCare Transition

Effective January 1, 2020, MeridianCare, a WellCare company, will integrate onto WellCare’s systems and platforms and change its name and logo to WellCare. This change means current MeridianCare Medicare members will become WellCare Health Plans members.

This web page provides details about upcoming changes and includes all previous communications, FAQs and resource materials. Please review these documents to become familiar with these changes.

So, what’s changing for 2020?

The migration to WellCare’s systems and platforms will bring changes to branding and some processes. These changes include:

  • Rebrand from MeridianCare to WellCare
  • New Member ID cards
  • Paper claims submissions process
  • SNIP claims process & error IDs
  • Real time connectivity to vendors
  • New correspondence addresses
  • New secure provider portal
  • New prior authorization vendors
  • Authorization rules changes
  • New menu options for Customer Service

Click on this link to register for our secure Provider Portal, set-up your EFT/ERA account and review all available resources, including the Provider Manual and Quick Reference Guide.

Still have questions?

Please reach out to your Provider Network Development Representative or Provider Services at 1-877-902-6784

Thank you for your continued partnership as we transition to the WellCare brand.


If you are a provider in need of assistance with 2019 and older Meridian claims, please submit your inquiry in writing to Meridian at:



1 Campus Martius, Suite 720

Detroit, MI 48226

Attn: Claims Department 

Changes for 2020

On January 1, 2020, MeridianCare will integrate with its parent company, WellCare Health Plans in Tampa, Florida.

On January 1, 2020, MeridianCare will integrate with its parent company, WellCare Health Plans in Tampa, Florida.

Here is a breakdown of some day-to-day tasks for before and after the transition of Merdian Medicare plans to WellCare

Claims Process Changes

On January 1, 2020, MeridianCare will integrate with its parent company, WellCare Health Plans in Tampa, Florida.

This announcement is to help providers with changes in 2020 for Claim Submissions, Member Eligibility, Claim Status Inquires and Customer Service information.

Prior Authorizations

MeridianCare is changing its name to WellCare on January 1, 2020. Also, effective February 1, 2020, WellCare has contracted with CareCentrix to manage post-acute care for our Medicare Advantage and C-SNP members.

This notification includes information regarding future updates to prior authorization (PA) requirements for WellCare Medicare Advantage Plan (formerly MeridianCare). This list includes only those procedures and services that will have a PA requirement added.

WellCare PA requirements will change effective January 1, 2020.


Registration/Account Setup for new users

New Provider click Register to create a new account.

Guide to using self-service features in the provider portal.

This tool provides high-level authorization rules for most outpatient and inpatient services but does not factor in any member plan specifics, provider contracts or covered benefits.


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