About Health Reform
THE 2008 HEALTH REFORM LAW passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty is a comprehensive package that lays the groundwork for meaningful, transformative health reform that improves quality and reduces cost.
The law is a unique, nation-leading set of reforms that work together in four broad areas: population health, market transparency and enhanced information, payment reform and consumer engagement.
All of the reform elements, individually and together, seek to fulfill the promise of Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim, which is to simultaneously:
- Improve the health of the population;
- Improve the patient/consumer experience; and
- Improve the affordability of health care.
The goal of investing in public health is to help Minnesotans live longer, better, healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic disease.
Market Transparency & Enhanced Information
The goal of market transparency is to provide public reporting of health care cost and quality information that will allow providers, purchasers, policymakers and consumers to make better decision about health and health care delivery.
The goal of payment reforms in the law is to promote quality outcomes, better management of chronic disease and more efficient resource use.
The goal of consumer engagement is to empower consumers to be more proactive and knowledgeable about how health status and health care quality impact health care costs.