Health Care Homes (aka Medical Homes)
A "health care home," also called a "medical home," is an approach to primary care in which primary care providers, families and patients work in partnership to improve health outcomes and quality of life for individuals with chronic health conditions and disabilities.
The development of health care homes in Minnesota is part of the ground-breaking health reform legislation passed in May 2008. The legislation includes payment to primary care providers for partnering with patients and families to provide coordination of care.
- Find a certified health care home.
- Health care providers may apply to become certified as a health care home.
- Newly Certified Health Care Homes
The Minnesota Department of Health announces the following two new certified health care homes
Buffalo Clinic – Buffalo
Buffalo Clinic – Monticello
We now have certified a total of 324 clinics.
Interactive map of all certified health care homes.
MPHA Accountable Communities for Health Conversation Part 2
In January, MPHA held an event to inform MPHA members on the State Innovation Model Grant, Accountable Communities for Health and discuss the role of local public health and community engagement. Please join MPHA after the March Policy Forum, to continue the conversation and begin to develop recommendations on the role of local public health in Accountable Communities for Health.
When: Friday, March 7, 2014 9:30am-11:00am
Where: New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th St. NW, New Brighton MN, 55112
- Promoting Colon Cancer Screening within the Patient Centered Medical Home
Date: March 13, 2014
When: 12:00 - 1:00pm
The CRC Clinician’s Guide, available at nccrt.org, is a practical guide for primary care clinicians, entitled, “"How to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician’s Evidenced-Based Toolbox and Guide.”The Guide outlines efficient ways for practices to get every eligible patient the colorectal cancer screening tests he or she needs. The Guide contains evidenced-based tools, sample templates and strategies that can help practices improve their screening performance. This webinar will provide an overview of these resources and address how they are compatible with a health care home approach to preventive health care.
Visit Monthly Webinars Page for more information.
Legislative and Evaluation Report Released
The results of the Health Care Home Evaluation Study has been officially released by MDH, DHS, and the University of Minnesota. Additionally, the Health Care Homes 2012-2013 Legislative Report has also been released.
The University of Minnesota Evaluation study shows that for the cost of Medicaid enrollees attributed to health care home clinics were 9% lower than enrollees not attributed to a Health Care Home. The quality of care provided by clinics certified as HCHs was higher than non-certified primary care clinic for quality measures during a three-year period.
The HCH Legislative report data shows 43 percent of all primary care clinics in Minnesota are now certified as health care homes. Together, these clinics serve nearly 3.3 million Minnesotans.
We encourage you to leave a comment or ask a question about the report by following this link. We will be responding on a regular basis. Your feedback will help us to move forward with our evaluation.
The following document addresses the comments or questions the public has made regarding the report.Public comments and question with Health Care Home responses (PDF: pages/ KB)
- Planned, Coordinated Care: The Why, How and What
To attend a National Leader's Perspective on Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care needs attend the Planned, Coordinated Care: the Why, How and What presentation. Keynote Speaker is Jeanne McAllister, Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Medical Home Improvement.
Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel, 2200 Freeway Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
- Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
Pediatric Care Coordination Request for Proposals
The Minnesota Department of Health is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations, Institutes of Higher Education, clinics or hospitals that will manage and implement a pediatric care coordination project. The goal of this project is to test, evaluate and plan for the spread of successful care coordination model(s) for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs.
For more information on the requirements visit the Request of Proposal page.
Robert Wood Foundation “Bright Spot” Patient Success Story
MDH was contacted by MN Community Measurement to participate in the Minnesota’s statewide Aligning Forces for Quality Alliance report. The funder of the alliance, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, requested the report include a section describing Minnesota’s HCH advancements. This section, called “Bright Spot” highlights a patient success story. All HCH were informed of this unique opportunity to have one of their patient success stories highlighted in the Quality Alliance report. Several HCH submitted stories for consideration. The story of Julia Freeman was chosen.
Minnesota's Health Care Homes: Transformative Change in Primary Care Delivery (PDF 2pages/100KB)
- The Medical Home Summit: The Leading Forum on Developing and Implementing Patient and Family Centered Medical Homes.
Date: March 17-19, 2014
Where: Philadelphia, PA or Webcast Participation
The Sixth National Medical Home Summit, co-hosted by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), will bring together the leading authorities and practitioners in the medical home field to discuss how it is working, where it has proven outcomes, what lessons have been learned, where it needs improvement, and what issues and challenges lie ahead. Marie Maes-Voreis, Director of Health Care Homes at the Minnesota Department of Health is one of the speakers.
Visit The Medical Home Summit registration page for more information.
- Care Coordination Toolkit:
As a part of Minnesota's Medicare Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration Project, a toolkit has been developed to assist health care homes and primary care clinics in serving the complex population of seniors and persons with disabilities. For more information, please visit the Care Coordination Toolkit webpage
Introduction to Health Care Homes Webinar Series
The Health Care Homes Learning Collaborative is hosting a webinar series designed to increase knowledge of standards and help equip clinics to transform their practice into patient-centered medical homes. For more information and to register, please visit the Introduction to Health Care Homes webpage.