August 2015

On Monday, August 17, 2015, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a Notice of Intent to Award contracts to four (4) bidders to serve as contractors under the Iowa Medicaid Modernization initiative. Those selected are: Amerigroup Iowa, Inc.; AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc.; UnitedHealthcare Plan of the River Valley, Inc.; and Wellcare of Iowa, Inc.  DHS’ announcement stated that these four entities demonstrated abilities to manage care provided to Medicaid beneficiaries under this risk-based approach to Iowa’s Medicaid program. This new initiative has been named IA Health Link and is slated for implementation effective January 1, 2016.

Iowa Medicaid currently serves approximately 560,000 Iowans. DHS states that Iowa Medicaid program costs have grown 73 percent since 2003. “Starting January 1, these experienced MCOs [managed care organizations] are positioned to help us achieve savings at a time when there is an ever growing demand on our state’s medical assistance program,” DHS Director Chuck Palmer stated.

Information about the Iowa Medicaid Modernization initiative is available from DHS at To help prepare its physician members for this major transition, the Iowa Medical Society has developed a webinar and other educational resources available through its website at

Iowa Behavioral Health Association Hosts Jeanine Freeman & Paul Drey

HIPAA presentations for IBHA by Paul Drey, Jeanine Freeman
Paul Drey, Jeanine Freeman present HIPAA education to Iowa Behavioral Health Association.


On July 23rd the Iowa Behavioral Health Association (IBHA), Iowa’s statewide association of substance use disorder agencies, addiction treatment programs and community mental health centers, hosted prominent health care attorneys Paul Drey and Jeanine Freeman of the Brick Gentry Law Firm to provide training on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

This educational session centered around HIPAA requirements and regulations, new updates to the law, and its intersection with 42 CFR, the regulation governing substance use related health information.

Ms. Freeman and Mr. Drey answered questions from the audience, presented information and resources on compliance and best practices, and offered valuable insights from their own experiences. Participants clarified issues through lively discussion. Attendees left the session feeling confident and empowered in their understanding of HIPAA and its implementation and enforcement in their own organizations.

Upon generously contributing this photograph and information, Kelsey Clark, Interim Executive Director of the Iowa Behavioral Health Association, added, “IBHA very much appreciates Mr. Drey and Ms. Freeman providing this session and looks forward to future endeavors with these top notch legal experts.”

If your association or practice group could benefit from a customized presentation on healthcare law topics, we invite you to contact Paul Drey to discuss your needs and scheduling.  We appreciate the efforts of the healthcare community and stand ready to assist.