Changes on the horizon for program
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
Case management for chronically ill clients will be changing due to a new program that will be taking over in July.
“We will be losing the chronically ill clients come July,” Marcy Murphy, director of Southeast Iowa Case Management told the Henry County Board of Supervisors during Thursday’s regular meeting. “The program we have now will become an integrated health home program through Magellan.”
Southeast Iowa Case Management is a social service agency that provides support to individuals who are diagnosed with brain injury, chronic mental illness, mental retardation and developmental disabilities and who are Medicaid eligible. It also serves individuals who qualify as frail elderly.
Magellan has a unique vision of better and more affordable care for individuals that have the greatest health care needs. Its complete-person perspective helps them deliver better outcomes and brighter futures for clients who need the services, according to Murphy.
Murphy stated that it is a loss of quite a few clients and Louisa County was small enough that they couldn’t sustain the loss, so they will contract with Southeast Iowa Case Management now instead of their own facility.
“Because of this change, many counties are contracting with us now,” explained Murphy. “Lee County is the only county that is not.”
Murphy believes there are good things about the new Magellan program, like the idea that everything will be in the same place for the clients.
“I think that the idea that everything will be in the same place is a good idea,” said Murphy. “Instead of a team consisting of different agencies, it will be a team from the same agency assisting the client. Magellan believes it will allow for better communication, referrals and access. Personally, it’s pretty much what we have been doing, but it’s a more loose form of case management, which they are calling care management.”
Even though there are positives to the change, there are also some negatives as well.
“Right now, we as an agency follow clients wherever they move to. If they moved to northwest Iowa and they want someone closer, we will transfer them, but most of the chronically ill clients stay with us. They tend to bounce around a lot,” said Murphy. “When they do that, they aren’t allowed back at their old placements, so we follow them and it’s a good thing.
“It gives them one person who is stable in their lives and a connection to information as well. Once Magellan takes over, it won’t be this way anymore. If they leave, say Mt. Pleasant and move to Ottumwa, they will have another person now. They will have to go through the process of getting to them again. History will be shared, but it’s a new person,” said Murphy.
The board approved the signing of the 28E Agreement with Southeast Iowa Care Management.
In other board business, the board approved the resolutions for M&D Family Farms L.L.C. 1996.8 AU Hog Confinement in SE Sec 12 Scott Township. SA Pork L.L.C. 1984 AU Hog Confinement in NW Sec 27 Marion Township
According to Henry County Planning and Zoning Director Joe Buffington, each hog confinement met the master matrix requirements needed.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will meet again in regular session on Tuesday, June 3, at 9 a.m. in the board room at the courthouse.