Nursing home providers in Iowa could see more timely Medicaid reimbursements following a request by the state’s top executive. 

Like many others in Iowa, the Iowa Health Care Association is keeping an eye on the audit results; but regardless of the outcome, our member facilities will remain focused on providing the best care possible to their residents.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) suggested during a forum Tuesday that the state could develop a new law or change administrative rules that “put some more teeth in it to make it fairer in how we address the non-payment of [Medicaid] funds,” the Des Moines Register reported.

The state’s $5 billion Medicaid program was privatized in 2016 and since then has been criticized by providers and recipients who claim health insurers have cut services and aren’t reimbursing providers in a timely manner. 

Last week, the state announced it’s withholding $44 million in funds from one of two private insurance companies that provide care to the state’s Medicaid recipients. The state cited as justification incorrect claims payments; untimely, incorrect and inaccurate submission of data files; and incorrect pricing and payment of provider claims. 

“We’re all partners in delivering services to Iowans, and they need to hold up their end of the bargain,” Reynolds said.