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Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP)

In 2008, Minnesota passed health care legislation to improve affordability of health care, expand coverage and improve the overall health of Minnesotans. In addition, the 2010 Legislature mandated that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) develop and implement a demonstration testing alternative health care delivery systems, which includes accountable care organizations (ACOs).

This led to the development of IHP, formerly called the Health Care Delivery Systems (HCDS) demonstration, which strives to deliver higher quality and lower cost health care through innovative approaches to care and payment. The first IHPs launched in 2013.

With this program, Minnesota is one of a growing number of states to implement an ACO model in its Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program, with the goal of improving the health of the population and of individual members.

Participation in IHP

Over the past several years, DHS has contracted with innovative health care delivery systems to provide high-quality, efficient care to Minnesota’s Medicaid population. Participating providers enter into an arrangement with DHS, by which they are held accountable for the costs and quality of care their Medicaid patients receive. Providers showing an overall savings across their population, while maintaining or improving the quality of care, receive a portion of the savings. Providers who cost more over time may be required to pay back a portion of the losses.

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