Bits and Pieces in the News

The privatization of Iowa Medicaid can go live April 1, 2016, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). According to a news report, a new Iowa legislator committee will be in charge of oversight of the managed care organizations. Oversight will be critically important moving forward, especially in light of the report … Continue reading Bits and Pieces in the News

WellCare Out of Iowa Medicaid Modernization…Almost

Yesterday evening, several Iowa news agencies reported a state official's announcement that the WellCare contract should be terminated (see the 12/18/15 Gazette story by Chelsea Keenan, http://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/health/iowa-official-wellcare-medicaid-contract-terminated-20151218). WellCare is one of the four managed care organizations (MCOs) who contracted with Iowa Medicaid Enterprise for moving Iowa Medicaid to managed care. Recall WellCare has a large … Continue reading WellCare Out of Iowa Medicaid Modernization…Almost

Iowa Medicaid and Managed Care Trying to Get Together

I saw the December 14, 2015 Iowa Press Citizen story Iowans warned Medicaid patients may lose doctors by Jason Clayworth. A doctor who was interviewed said that "...the state has done a poor job of providing Medicaid recipients with information about the transition." Well, I just got the news from the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) that the … Continue reading Iowa Medicaid and Managed Care Trying to Get Together

The Iowa Medicaid Modernization: Powers That Be?

This is a follow-up post to the Iowa Medicaid Modernization post and the steps The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are taking to keep staff informed about what's happening. Today was the first of 4 scheduled fora to help us stay abreast of the rapid changes in the state Medicaid program, which will introduce … Continue reading The Iowa Medicaid Modernization: Powers That Be?

Iowa Medicaid Privatization: Don’t Do It

https://twitter.com/jamostheelder/status/673281456827830273 I have to admit the rapid privatization of Iowa Medicaid caught me flat-footed because I'm a busy doctor and I'm trying to catch up with all the news--not all of it good. I think there are two resources that help me the most, so far, as I dig through this managed care controversy. One … Continue reading Iowa Medicaid Privatization: Don’t Do It