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President's Perspective with Ted Townsend 

Managing Medicaid

The die is cast. On April 1st Iowa will officially transition to a "managed care" Medicaid program. The state, for all practical purposes, will exit the role of care manager and payer, handing those responsibilities over to three Managed Care Organizations (MCO's ) that represent some of the largest for-profit insurers in the country. 

The program has been sold on the basis of cost savings to tax payers and better access and quality care to the 560,000 citizens on Medicaid. It is a massive transition, perhaps the largest in scope and speed of any of the thirty-nine states that have transitioned all or part of their Medicaid management from state employees to these managed care "experts", and it is unprecedented in Iowa for handing such a huge, $4.2 billion in annual state expenditures, over to outside contractors, all through administrative fiat versus vigorous public policy debate. Finish the article.

Pediatric Endocrinology Outreach Clinic
Referral Form

UnityPoint Clinic has established a Pediatric Endocrinology Outreach Clinic the second Thursday of each month at 855 A Avenue, NE in Cedar Rapids. Dan Sleiter, ARNP, CPNP, MSN with UnityPoint Health - Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines is the provider specialist who will see patients on the second Thursday of each month between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To request an appointment complete the referral form and fax to (515) 241-8911.

Medical Staff Bylaws- Proposed new By Laws available below.

Click here to see the proposed final Medical Staff Bylaws. Click here to see the version with all of the comments included. If you have any questions or comments please send a note to Susan Weber in the Medical Staff Office or call her at 369-8035.

We are constantly updating our Area Physicians database. Please take a minute to make sure your information is accurate. If you'd like to update your photo, please contact the communications office at 369-7755.