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Innovative Health Care Homes delivering higher quality care at a lower cost

February 24, 2014

Minnesota's Health Care Homes initiative continues to transform primary care in Minnesota, as new research shows the clinics' collaborative, patient-centered model of health care delivery reduced costs and outperformed other clinics on quality measures.

A new report provided to the Minnesota Legislature this week by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) shows 43 percent of all primary care clinics in Minnesota are now certified as health care homes. Together, these clinics serve nearly 3.3 million Minnesotans. In addition, a University of Minnesota study released Thursday shows that health care homes clinics reduced Medicaid costs and outperformed other clinics on quality measures during a three-year period.

"This latest information about health care homes is a strong example of how it is possible to achieve the aim of improving the quality and experience of care, while at the same time lowering costs," said Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson.

MDH and DHS are jointly responsible for the development and implementation of Minnesota's Health Care Homes initiative. More information is available in a MDH news release.

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