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12-county collaborative joins DHS health partnership demonstration

March 14, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is adding the first multi-county partnership to its Integrated Health Partnerships demonstration. Southern Prairie Community Care, a 12-county collaborative in Southwest Minnesota, recently signed a contract to join the demonstration, which strives to deliver higher quality and lower costs through innovative approaches to care and payment.

“Minnesota has been at the forefront of national efforts to pay for health care in new ways that support better health and a more easy-to-navigate system, and Southern Prairie’s cross-county work is a shining example of these efforts,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson.

Under the contract, Southern Prairie Community Care will test the “total cost of care” payment approach designed to support and encourage improved patient health at lower cost by agreeing to a set payment for treatment of the entire population, rather than receiving traditional “fee-for-service” model where payment is tied to frequency and type of treatment.

Southern Prairie Community Care also announced a $400,000 one-time grant from Beyond the Bottom Line, a partnership of Minnesota foundations, to support new cloud-based technologies that will facilitate coordination and identification of new service-improvement opportunities.

More information is available in a Southern Prairie Community Care news release.

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