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Health Reform Announcements -
February 2013

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The Minnesota Department of Health is now posting weekly updates of announcements related to Minnesota’s health reform activities. These updates are also sent out via e-mail to subscribers to Health Reform Announcements. Updates are sent each Friday.

Weekly Update - February 22, 2013

MN receives $45 million grant to boost reform efforts
Thursday the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced Minnesota as the winner of a $45 million State Innovation Model grant to help drive Minnesota's efforts to provide better care at a lower cost. Minnesota was one of six states to receive the highest level of the award.

Minnesota's winning grant proposal was for its Minnesota Accountable Health Model. The goal of this model is to ensure that every citizen of the state of Minnesota has the option to receive team-based, coordinated, patient-centered care that increases and facilitates access to medical care, behavioral health care, long term care, and other services. By 2016, nearly 3 million Minnesotans are expected to receive care through the model. The model is projected to save $111 million over three years and lay the foundation for additional savings in years to come.

Minnesota will use the $45 million to invest in health information technology, quality and performance measurement, improved care coordination and up to 15 Accountable Communities for Health. The goal is to have these accountable communities for health develop models that integrate care across the health care system. Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger in consultation with a community advisory committee will lead the implementation of the project.

HIT survey deadline for clinics is March 15
As part of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System, physician clinics are required to complete the annual Health Information Technology Ambulatory Clinic Survey. The web survey opened on February 15 and must be completed by March 15. The survey links for each clinic site was sent to the primary contact for each medical group listed in MN Community Measurement's (MNCM) Data Portal. Questions? Please contact MNCM at 612-746-4522 or surveysupport@mncm.org.

MDH to host first meeting of the Health Care Homes Statewide Learning Collaborative Advisory Group
This group will consult with Health Care Homes on the formation of a Statewide HCH Learning Collaborative. For more information visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/index.html. Or call 651-201-5421.The first meeting is February 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Minnesota Room, Snelling Office Park, 1345 Energy Park Rd., St Paul.

MDH certifies new health care homes
The Minnesota Department of Health has added four new clinics for a total of 224 certified health care homes. Essentia Health clinics in Baxter, Brainerd, Moorhead, and West Duluth Clinic were certified. For more information, or to locate a certified health care home near you visit, http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/index.html.

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Weekly Update - February 15, 2013

Health reform could save $168 million in charity care
The federal health law could reduce the need for charity care and other uncompensated care costs at Minnesota hospitals by as much as $168 million, according to a recent report by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Health Care Homes program seeks presentations for learning days
Health Care Homes is accepting proposals for presentations for our Spring 2013 Health Care Homes Learning Day, May 1, 2, 2013. The program is accepting applications for panel presentations, poster/storyboard presentations, breakout sessions, and workshops. All proposals must be submitted via our online application system and are due on March 1.

More information on topics and requirements and how to submit a proposal can be found at:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/collaborative/index.html

Please contact Sarah Cox, HCH principle planner, at sarah.cox@state.mn.us or 651-201-3745.

Weekly Update - February 8, 2013

Governor's budget would expand health coverage to over 145,000 Minnesotans
Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal to expand Medical Assistance (MA) eligibility would provide quality health coverage for more than 145,000 Minnesotans, including 47,000 children and pregnant women and 98,000 low-income adults.

Health insurance exchange certification criteria for quality dental plans released
Certification criteria for limited scope dental plans to be offered on the Exchange has been released. The limited scope dental plans - also called Qualified Dental Plans - must be filed by April 30, 2013 to be evaluated for certification for the October 2013 open enrollment period.

Federal announcement impacts MinnesotaCare's future
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a timeline and framework for states, including Minnesota, interested in pursuing a provision in the Affordable Care Act known as the Basic Health Plan. This announcement means that Minnesota's health care program, MinnesotaCare, now has a path to be preserved.

State announces new way to pay for quality health care
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has announced a new reform initiative that has the goal of providing better health care for 100,000 Minnesotans and save Minnesota's Medicaid program approximately $90 million over the next three years. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is partnering with six major health care providers to test a new payment model that prioritizes quality, preventive care and rewards providers for achieving mutually-agreed upon health goals.

 

Weekly Update - February 1, 2013

Exchange launches new public information website
Minnesota Management and Budget launched a new public information website for Minnesota's health insurance exchange. The new site is designed to provide Minnesotans with up-to-date information about the exchange, how this new marketplace will impact their lives, and detail progress being made in Minnesota's development of the exchange.

The website, which can be found at http://www.mn.gov/hix/ has several new features including: a video explaining the benefits of the health insurance exchange and how it will work; a benefits calculator that will determine if individuals are eligible for tax credits; background and public information about the exchange; information on analysis and grants; and targeted pages for individuals and families, small businesses, agents and brokers, health plans, and others.

Interested citizens and stakeholders can also sign up for email updates on the website to stay informed on all the latest news and information regarding Minnesota's health insurance exchange.

Health Care Homes seeks presentations for learning days
Health Care Homes is accepting proposals for presentations for our Spring 2013 Health Care Homes Learning Day, May 1, 2, 2013. The program is accepting applications for panel presentations, poster/storyboard presentations, breakout sessions, and workshops. All proposals must be submitted via our online application system and are due on March 1.

More information on topics and requirements and how to submit a proposal can be found at:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/collaborative/index.html

Please contact Sarah Cox, HCH principle planner, at sarah.cox@state.mn.us or 651-201-3745.

Health Care Homes chooses independent evaluation contractor
Health Care Homes has awarded a contract to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the HCH initiative to the team of Douglas Wholey, Katie White, Jon Christensen, Rob Krieger, and Michael Finch from the University of Minnesota. The first report will be produced in December 2013 and will evaluate the following aspects of the HCH as directed by the legislature:

1. The number of state health care program enrollees in HCHs and the number and characteristics of enrollees with complex or chronic conditions, identified by income, race, ethnicity and language.
2. The number and geographic distribution of HCH providers.
3. The performance and quality of care of HCHs.
4. Measures of preventive care.
5. HCH payment arrangements and costs related to implementation and payment of care coordination fees.
6. The estimated impact of HCHs on health disparities.
7. The estimated savings from implementation of the HCH model for the fee-for-service, managed care and county-based purchasing sectors.

A second report, due in December of 2015 will evaluate other transformational aspects of the HCH program in Minnesota.
For more information or to find a Health Care Home near you visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/index.html

Updated Friday, July 12, 2013 at 04:13PM