Currently too little of every dollar spent on health care is devoted to patient care.
This makes it burdensome for people to consistently get the care they need, understand their options and make informed decisions.
With Integrated Health Partnerships, Minnesota has taken the lead among a growing number of states in implementing an accountable care organization model in its Medicaid program to improve the health of the population and individual members. In the model, participating health care providers work together across specialties and service settings to deliver more efficient and effective health care. Care providers are encouraged to look for innovations that will improve the health of their unique communities, sharing in savings they help create and in losses when they fail to meet goals. In the end, the people treated are healthier overall, resulting in the need for less expensive care in the long run.
When health professionals and care providers across specialties and settings coordinate care with patients to deliver health — not just procedures — costs go down and quality goes up. Health care providers are experts in their own communities — North St. Paul faces different challenges and barriers to health than North Minneapolis or North Mankato. Allowing health care professionals the freedom to drive local innovation and change things for the better for their community makes sense.