LeadingAge Iowa is a statewide membership organization of non-profit providers of aging services and supports and the champion for advancement and innovation in aging services. Our mission is to be the voice, support and connector for non-profit members and the people they serve. Our membership is diverse, representing the spectrum of non-profit long-term support and service providers including skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, PACE, home health, adult day, respite, hospice and home delivered meals.  Our members serve over 25,000 older adults in Iowa each day.

Nursing Home Compare:  The Freeze is Lifted but the Bar is Raised

On March 5, 2019, CMS published QSO 19-08-NH announcing several significant changes to the Five Star Quality Rating System which will take effect April 24, 2019.  The changes include adjustments to all three domains of the Five Star Quality Rating System — Health Inspections, Staffing and Quality Measures. 

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UnitedHealthcare Leaving Iowa’s Medicaid Managed Care Program

In the afternoon of Friday, March 29, Governor Reynold’s office announced that UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will be departing from Iowa’s Medicaid managed care program. The departure of UHC means that Amerigroup and the newly contracted MCO, Iowa Total Care/Centene, will take over as the two remaining MCOs in Iowa later this year. 

Governor Reynolds stated, “Today I ended negotiations between the State of Iowa and UnitedHealthcare because of terms that I believed to be unreasonable and unsustainable… Unfortunately, UnitedHealthcare continued to make additional demands that I found to be unacceptable, including a provision that would remove pay for performance measures that would hold them accountable.”  

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