Health Care Homes

Certification & Recertification

Health care providers must meet a set of standards and criteria in order to be certified as a health care home in Minnesota. There are five basic steps in the application process for certification as a health care home.

Getting started

Submit your Letter of Intent as soon as your organization intends to seek certification. This will allow our team of planners and regional HCH nurse consultants to assist you as needed and provide resources and guidance as you proceed with the certification process.

Please download the printable assessment tool for use internally in your clinic to determine if your clinicians are currently implementing all of the standards and criteria in the rule relating to health care homes. Please note that you should not submit this assessment at this time -- it is simply a tool to help you determine the readiness of your clinician(s)/clinic(s) for certification. Later in the application process you will be prompted to fill in the same assessment tool online. Below are two versions of the printable assessment tool:

Eligibility criteria and adopted expedited rule chapter 4764:
Health Care Homes - Adopted Rule

Printable checklist outlining certification process:
Certification application process checklist - printable version (PDF) - updated 2-24-10

Brochure Template for Providers - MDH is providing a brochure template about health care homes for providers to use with their patients. This brochure template is designed for clinics that are applying to become a certified health care home or that have already been certified as a health care home.

Certification Guide

Certification guide (PDF) - updated 5-6-2015

Recertification Requirements

Recertification Requirements Year One (PDF)

Recertification Requirements Year Two (PDF)

Recertification Requirements Year Three (PDF)


Steps to Certification

    Step 1 Letter of Intent
    Step 2 Application and Certification Assessment
    Step 3 Site Visit
    Step 4 MDH Review and Notification
    Step 5 Recertification
Optional requests as needed: variances and appeals

Once a clinic is certified as a Health Care Home, it is the clinics responsibility to maintain accurate provider information using the HCH database. The Post Certification Amend Clinicians Guidance shows you how to add new providers, enter Medicare numbers, correct typos, make name changes, or end eligibility for providers who leave your clinic.

Post Certification Amend Clinicians Guidance (PDF)

Highlights of two new features added to our online portal: post-certification add clinics and amend contacts (PDF)

New Applicants
Returning Users
* The HCH application runs best with Mozilla Firefox.
Be sure you are using the latest version with updated plugins.
HCH Certification Portal Tip Sheet (PDF)

Updated Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 01:14PM