HCHC still to reach agreement with new MCO

No current agreement between HCHC and Iowa Total Care, which starts July 1

The Henry County Health Center still hasn’t reached a final agreement with Iowa Total Care, a new Managed Care Organization that will begin its service in Iowa in just a few weeks.

Robb Gardner, hospital CEO, said in a board of trustees meeting on Tuesday that discussions with Iowa Total Care are still continuing.

Various components of the agreement that would improve daily hospital services and tasks are still being discussed, he said.

“There’s a strong possibility we will have (an agreement) soon,” he said at the meeting.

Gardner added that he hopes to have an update by late next week.

If an agreement can be signed by Iowa Total Care’s July 1 start date, he said, the hospital can begin seeing people under Iowa Total Care’s coverage on July 1.

Iowa Total Care is coming into the Medicaid managed care system on July 1, the same date that UnitedHealthcare is planning to exit the program. UnitedHealthcare, which covers over 420,000 Iowans, announced their departure from the program in March.

Currently, Henry County Health Center has an agreement with UnitedHealthcare and Amerigroup.

The hospital board of trustees was also informed no agreement between HCHC and Iowa Total Care was reached at last month’s meeting.