American Health Plans Announces Medicare Advantage Partnership With Iowa’s Care Initiatives And Accura Healthcare

News Release:   August 23, 2022

Residents of  long term care facilities operated by two of Iowa’s preeminent senior care providers will now benefit from access to an enhanced level of proactive, coordinated healthcare through a new partnership announced today between American Health Plans , Care Initiatives and Accura Healthcare.


“Iowa’s expansion becomes 11th state to benefit from unique model of care”


The partnership, which will be implemented in 65 homes across the state, will give residents of participating Care Initiatives and Accura Healthcare facilities the opportunity to join American Health Plans provider-owned Institutional Special Needs Plan (ISNP). These Medicare Advantage special needs plans specifically cater to Medicare recipients who live in skilled nursing facilities. The plans deliver a coordinated care model that addresses all needed medical treatment and preventive services supported by TruHealth, an integrated care team that is led by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant to provide individualized health care services.

“We are looking forward to partnering with American Health Plans to further our mission of serving Iowa’s aging communities,” says Mike Beal, Chief Executive Officer for Care Initiatives. “Iowa Health Advantage will provide our long-term residents an opportunity to access even more high-quality care than a typical Medicare Advantage plan provides,” says Beal. “Residents who choose to participate in Iowa Health Advantage will have a plan that is tailored to their individual needs.”

“American Health Plans will assist Accura in our continued focus on improving quality care and ensuring the best possible outcomes while having the opportunity to care in place while utilizing their unique model of care and benefits,” says Mike Brown, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Accura. “Accura residents will gain access to comprehensive health and wellness resources and services without having to take on extra costs.”

American Health Plans, the parent company of American Health Advantage, is now operating in 10 states. The Franklin, Tennessee-based health care company operates the largest provider-owned ISNP in the nation and plans to enter 50 new counties in 2023. The unique ISNP model of care improves health outcomes by bolstering medical services at the point of care while also reducing inefficient health care spending. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this enhanced model of care to residents in Iowa through this new partnership with Care Initiatives and Accura Healthcare,” said Jason Haney, vice president of operations, American Health Plans. “The ISNP model of care is an important innovation because it improves health outcomes by bolstering medical services at the bedside while also reducing wasteful and unnecessary health care spending,” Haney continued.




About American Health Plans

American Health Plans, a division of Franklin, Tennessee-based American Health Partners is a leader in the provider-owned Medicare Advantage industry. American Health Plans equips primary care and senior living providers with a business model that improves financial performance by improving clinical outcomes for our patients and members. This division currently has co-ownership and partnership agreements with providers in Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, and Idaho. For more information, visit or call (800) 766-9404.


About American Health Partners

American Health Partners Inc. provides a continuum of post-acute healthcare that prevents unnecessary hospital stays and improves quality of life for older adults. In Tennessee and Alabama, the company owns 29 senior living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers; five psychiatric hospitals; multiple home health and hospice offices serving patients in Tennessee and Michigan; and a long-term care pharmacy. Nationally, American Health Partners, Inc. operates Provider-Owner Medicare Advantage Plans and provides care management in ten states via joint ventures with more than 25 provider organization. American Health Partners is based in Franklin, TN. For more information, visit


About TruHealth

TruHealth supplies nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse case managers to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in ten states. TruHealth clinicians collaborate with providers to address the full range of patients’ medical, mental health and social needs. In addition to providing routine health care services, TruHealth providers also act as care coordinators for individuals enrolled in Institutional and Institutional-Equivalent Special Needs Plans (ISNPs and IESNPs), a specialized type of Medicare Advantage designed plan designed specifically for those who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. TruHealth is a division of Franklin, Tennessee-based American Health Partners. To learn more, visit or call (615) 905-5426.


About Care Initiatives

Care Initiatives is Iowa’s largest not-for-profit skilled nursing care and senior care provider. Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 58 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s, dementia, assisted living and hospice locations throughout Iowa.


About Accura HealthCare

Accura HealthCare is a Midwest-based healthcare company that manages and operates over 30 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long-term, and assisted living care centers throughout Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Founded by Ted LeNeave in 2016, Accura embraces an upside-down organization philosophy that places the residents, patients, and direct care employees at the very top of the organizational chart. Accura HealthCare’s mission statement: “…to be partners in care and family for life.”  The Accura HealthCare Resource Center is located in Clive, Iowa.