DEVELOPING: Community Health Partnership to cease programs

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Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) - A long term health care organization with nearly 3000 members will cease operations at the end of the year. learned Community Health Partnership, Inc will cease operating the Partnership and Family Care programs as of Jan 1, 2013.

The 2700 people affected by this will have help coming from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services.

DHS will contract with at least one, if not more new managed care organizations to provide help to members starting in 2013.

Members served cover several counties: Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, Pierce, and St. Croix counties.

CHP is based in Eau Claire and provides care for older people and those with physical or developmental disabilities.

BELOW: Statement from Community Health Partnership

In July of this year, meetings were held with officials from the State Division of Long-Term Care to let them know that it was not financially viable for Community Health Partnership, Inc. (CHP) to continue offering Family Care after the end of this year. Later that month, a follow-up email was sent to DHS reinforcing that message.

In early August, CHP received a letter from the Wisconsin Secretary of the Department of Health Services, Dennis Smith, stating that they interpreted the follow-up email as a notice that CHP did not want to participate in the Family Care program going forward.

The letter from Secretary Smith also stated that this would also mean CHP’s operation of the Partnership program would end of as of January 1, 2013.

Because the Partnership and Family Care programs are the only two programs offered through CHP, we will be forced to close at the end of 2012. CHP currently employs approximately 360 staff. At this time we cannot speculate on any employment scenarios as we continue to work with DHS and we are not aware of what other MCO will be assuming the delivery of our members’ care to determine what staffing needs are needed.

While CHP is being dissolved, our members will continue to be served by CHP through 2012 and through another managed care organization beginning in 2013. In letters mailed to members, providers, and CHP staff, DHS indicates that a different MCO will provide services to our members in 2013.

Our primary concern has always been and continues to be the health and well-being of our members. We will continue to serve our Family Care and Partnership members for the remainder of this year and we will make every effort to work cooperatively with DHS to make sure there is a smooth transition of their services to a new MCO or MCOs.

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