Mayo clinic rejects Iowa Medicaid managed-care contracts

March 23, 2016

The three managed-care companies that will run Iowa's $4-billion Medicaid program told lawmakers they haven't been able to negotiate contracts with The Mayo Clinic's main medical center in Rochester, Minn. Amerihealth said it signed contracts with three Mayo-affiliated primary care clinics in Iowa, but not with the main medical center in Rochester. UnitedHealth and Amerigroup also said they haven't obtained such contracts. The companies say the hospitals said they don't wish to be a provider for Iowa Medicaid, but they'll continue to try to persuade Mayo to sign contracts to give routine care for the 560,000 Iowa residents on Medicaid. Mayo said it's agreed to consider single-case contracts for Medicaid beneficiaries who need particular care that isn't provided elsewhere. The Iowa Department of Human Services said 5,800 Medicaid members used the Rochester medical center in 2015. Withith the current situation, these northern Iowa patients would have to travel to Iowa City.
Related News:
Mayo clinic rejects Iowa Medicaid managed-care contracts - Associated Press