AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa and University of Iowa Health Care Sign Provider Contract to Serve Iowa’s Medicaid Population

Caritas Iowa
, one of the Medicaid health plans selected to
administer the state’s new IA
Health Link
program beginning March 1, 2016, and University
of Iowa Health Care
, Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical
center announced today that they have signed an agreement that will give
AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa members access to a health system recognized as
one of the best health care providers in the United States.

University of Iowa Health Care, which is comprised of University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics, Carver College of Medicine, and University of
Iowa Physicians, includes a 730-bed hospital that annually admits more
than 32,000 patients for in-patient hospital care. It also represents
more than 200 outpatient clinics and care areas receiving just over
914,300 clinic visits. Together, these partners provide patient care,
conduct biomedical research, and train the next generation of health

AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa Market President Cheryl Harding was excited to
share the news of another hospital system aligning themselves with the
AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa team. “University of Iowa Health Care will
allow us to reach a tremendous number of Medicaid recipients at a
hospital system that is committed to providing quality care and
excellent service that produce exceptional outcomes,” said Cheryl
Harding, market president for AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa. “This is a
winning situation for our members who need these services the most.”

AmeriHealth Caritas has successfully implemented Medicaid managed care
plans throughout the country that utilize its integrated model of care
which includes physical and behavioral health, pharmacy benefit
management and specialty pharmacy. AmeriHealth Caritas’ unique model of
care, along with more than 30 years of experience caring for populations
with complex health conditions, confirms AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa is
well-prepared to serve the individuals who will participate in IA Health

About AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa

AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of
Companies, is one of the Medicaid managed care plans that will
participate in IA Health Link beginning in March 2016. AmeriHealth
Caritas Iowa will help Iowans get proper care and stay well, working
with communities in need to achieve positive health outcomes throughout
the state. For more information, visit

About AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in
partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. AmeriHealth Caritas
is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most
in need. Operating in 16 states and the District of Columbia,
AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 6.9 million Medicaid, Medicare and
CHIP members through its integrated managed care products,
pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services,
behavioral health services and other administrative services.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven
organization with more than 30 years of experience serving low-income
and chronically ill populations. For more information, visit

About University of Iowa Health Care

of Iowa Health Care
 is the state’s only comprehensive
academic medical center, dedicated to providing world-class health care
and health-related outreach services to all Iowans. Based in Iowa City,
UI Health Care includes University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
, consistently ranked by U.S.
News & World Report
 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals,”
recognized by Forbes as #12 in its 2015 “best employers” list, and
winner of the 2014 Magnet Prize® for Nursing. University
of Iowa Children’s Hospital
 is the only hospital in Iowa nationally
ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s
“Best Children’s Hospitals.” UI Health Care also includes the University
of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
, known for
curricular innovation and breakthrough research, and University
of Iowa Physicians
, the state’s largest multi-specialty physician
group practice. UI Health Care is a founding member of the UI
Health Alliance
, formed in 2012 to advance high-quality health care
with hospitals and clinics throughout Iowa and contiguous communities.
Follow us on Twitter at @uihealthcare. For more information visit About


AmeriHealth Caritas
Joshua Brett, 1-215-863-5458