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A Plan to Implement Statewide Strategies through Hospitals and Health Plans Community Benefit Investments

Download the plan (PDF: 699KB/22 pages)

In July, 2011, the Minnesota Legislature adopted legislation seeking to incorporate evidence-based strategies from the statewide health improvement program into hospital and health maintenance organizations’ (HMOs’) Community Benefit programs.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) sought input from hospitals and HMOs, as well as a wide range of stakeholders such as community-based organizations, local public health, and the public. We thank everyone who contributed to this process.

Rider language from the 2008 SHIP legislation.
(b) By February 15, 2012, the commissioner shall develop a plan to implement evidenced-based strategies from the statewide health improvement program as part of hospital community benefit programs and health maintenance organizations collaboration plans. The implementation plan shall include an advisory board to determine priority needs for health improvement in reducing obesity and tobacco use in Minnesota and to review and approve hospital community benefit activities reported under Minnesota Statutes, section 144.699, and health maintenance organizations collaboration plans in Minnesota Statutes, section 62Q.075. The commissioner shall consult with hospital and health maintenance organizations in creating and implementing the plan. The plan described in this paragraph shall be implemented by July 1, 2012.

Websites for Community Benefit Best Practices

The Hilltop Institute, Baltimore, MD 
Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA: 
Building on State Experience, Summary  http://www.hilltopinstitute.org/publication_view.cfm?pubID=300&st=tbl_Publications
Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA: 
Building on State Experience http://www.hilltopinstitute.org/publication_view.cfm?pubID=289&st=tbl_Publications

Catholic Hospital Association of the US
Community Benefit 
http://www.chausa.org/communitybenefit/

Updated Monday, 09-Jun-2014 09:40:46 CDT