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MDH Health Care Homes invites you to find the latest news on upcoming events, webinars and other important information related to MDH Health Care Homes.

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Please join us for:
The MIPS Experience: A HCH First Year Participant Story
Tuesday, June 12
Noon – 12:45 pm

Participants in the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP)/Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program completed their first measurement year in 2017 and submitted data by the end of March 2018. In this webinar, led by Stratis Health, we’ll look back at some of the challenges and lessons learned from the first year and discuss considerations for 2018 with a clinic that is both a Minnesota certified Health Care Home and a participant in CMS’ MIPS program.

Preregistration to attend the webinar is required. Register using the MDH Learning Management System. For help creating a LMS user profile and password, visit the HCH LMS webpage.

MIPS 101 provides an overview of one of the two tracks of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) and will help ground you in the basics and prepare you to participate if the program is new to you. By completing the course, you will be able to:

1. Define MACRA, QPP, MIPS, and APMs
2. Assess whether you are eligible to participate in the QPP
3. Summarize the different MIPS categories
4. Explain MIPS scoring and how to use the Stratis Health MIPS Estimator
5. Explain how to submit MIPS data

This free online course was developed in partnership with Stratis Health. Register on the MDH Learning Management System.

The MDH Health Care Homes program invites your participation in one of two Minnesota regional convenings* for certified Health Care Home clinics, Behavioral Health Home services providers, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, and partner organizations interested in working together to enhance whole person care. Facilitated by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), this event is free and lunch will be provided; registration is limited to 100 at each meeting.

*Enrollment not limited to providers within specific geographical borders. Curriculum is the same for both sessions. Advance registration is required through the HCH LMS webpage. If you registered for the St. Cloud session and would like to switch to Mankato, please email HCH.

Please join us for one of the following:

  • St. Cloud, MN

  • Thursday May 31
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • River's Edge Convention Center
  • 10 4th Ave S
  • St. Cloud, MN 56301
  • Mankato, MN

  • Tuesday June 19
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Country Inn and Suites
  • 1900 Premier Drive
  • Mankato MN 56001

Learning Objectives:

  • Connecting with primary care and behavioral health providers and their partners
  • Fostering a culture of learning and teamwork in your organization
  • Building collaborative partnerships
  • Designing and testing quality improvement initiatives

The Minnesota Department of Health announces the following clinic as a newly certified Health Care Home:

  • Winona Health - Rushford Clinic

Find currently certified Health Care Homes on the HCH Interactive map.

The Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Health (DHS and MDH) contracted with the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota to conduct a study of the costs of HCH care coordination for adults.

Using a case-study approach, the study targets six non-acute primary care clinics in Minnesota that are HCH certified.

Read the Minnesota Health Care Home Care Coordination Cost Study (PDF).

View our newest video “Health Care Homes in Minnesota” on the MDH YouTube channel.

Visit the Health Care Homes YouTube playlist for more videos on how Health Care Homes certification is transforming primary care and improving health for patients, families and communities.

View a map (PDF) showing counties with clinics that were HCH certified in 2017 (blue and green) as well as counties that already have certified HCHs (cream).
The Health Care Homes (HCH) and Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) brief overview (PDF) introduces both programs and describes how HCH certification is fundamentally structured to support value-based care arrangements (such as IHPs).

The HCH Certification Assessment Tool (PDF) has been updated with input from multiple users. The requirements and standards remain the same, but the new tool provides easier to understand language and formatting.
For further information, please contact your assigned MDH HCH Nurse Planner or email Health Care Homes at:

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released a report updating the status of Minnesota's 15 Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) as they strive to improve health across the state. Accountable Communities for Health meet the clinical and social needs of a population through community partnerships and person-centered, coordinated care across a range of providers. Minnesota is evaluating whether the model of care providers and communities working together results in improvements in quality, cost, and experience of care. About $5.6 million, or 14 percent, of Minnesota's State Innovation Model funds are dedicated to 15 ACH grant projects.

The report, Advancing Health Equity (PDF)"Accountable Communities for Health: Perspectives on Grant Projects and Future Considerations", includes the following highlights:

•An overview of the Accountable Community for Health model
•A summary of successes and challenges as the efforts completed more than half of their 2-year funding cycle
•Examination of similar approaches in at least four other states, and
•Recommendations and considerations for developing the model in the future

Please visit the Accountable Communities for Health page of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model website to download a copy of this report.

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Updated Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 04:18PM