Iowa’s Medicaid Director’s Belief In Managed Care Undaunted By Cost Increase

Payments have increased to the two Iowa managed care companies being paid to run the program this year. However, Iowa’s Medicaid Director notes that this should not be referred to as a raise, but as necessary due to rising costs the companies face as well as reflecting the increased payments legislator’s have determined for nursing homes and rural hospitals.

The Medicaid Director believes that taxpayers are actually saving money with the program being run by private companies rather than the state.

For more on this, see the @DMRegister article below.

Long-Term Managed Medicaid Could Disappear In NY

There is currently a New York state waiver amendment that would remove long-term managed Medicaid for patients living in SNFs. If approved, this would transition back into a fee-for-service Medicaid for stays over three months and would be implemented at the beginning of 2020. Other states could look to similar strategies as most states are known to currently be keeping a close eye on the state of New York. Such a change would be a major shift in the industry as Medicaid forms the bulk of most nursing facility payments. For more on this please see the @skilled_nursing article below.