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Department of Human Services’ health care delivery reforms highlighted

Lawmakers to hear latest on results-based demonstration projects

March 05, 2013

Martiga Lohn

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Minnesota legislators are delving into efforts by the Department of Human Services to increase the value Minnesotans receive for their health care dollars. The Senate Health and Human Services Division will receive an update on these initiatives on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in Room 123 Capitol.

Assistant Commissioner Scott Leitz is scheduled to speak about Minnesota’s “Health Care Delivery System” Demonstration projects.  Under the demonstrations, the Department of Human Services is testing a new results-based payment model with six health care providers. The project is expected to provide 100,000 Minnesotans with better health care while also putting in place incentives for providers to deliver high quality health care at lower cost.  Representatives from two participating providers – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Federally Qualified Health Center Urban Health Network – are scheduled to testify.

Also speaking will be representatives from Hennepin Health, an accountable care organization that integrates medical and behavioral health care with social services. The project serves as a model for patient-centered care coordination and delivery and payment reform. The county has reduced costs significantly for some of the participants with the highest costs.

The state last month won a $45 million grant from the federal government for the Minnesota Accountable Health Model, a program that includes building the technology infrastructure to allow health care providers to better coordinate care for their patients. By 2016, nearly 3 million more Minnesotans are expected to receive care through the model.

Many of the reforms, including the focus on paying for value, coordinating patient-centered care and using technology to improve access to care statewide, are recommendations of Governor Dayton’s Health Reform Task Force.

More information on the new payment model and additional DHS legislative initiatives is on the DHS website.  More information on the federal grant is on the Governor’s Office website.

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