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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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Health Care Homes, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and Behavioral Health Home services providers and their community partners are invited to participate in a full day event focused on behavioral health integration in Minnesota. Joan King from the National Council of Behavioral Health will be the featured speaker.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shoreview Community Center
4580 Victoria Street North
Shoreview, MN 55126

Participants attending this learning event will be able to:

  • Discuss the various social, economic, and environmental factors that can create challenges to achieving optimal health and identify strategies to address these health disparities.
  • Connect with primary care and behavioral health providers and their partners to understand how they have approached integrated care in their organizations.
  • Describe how social and community connectedness can impact health and quality of life.
  • Explain how an integrated approach can better address whole person care needs, wellness and the promotion of well-being.

The event is free and lunch will be provided; registration is limited to 150 participants. Register on the MDH Learning Management System.

New to the Learning Management System? Start here for step by step instructions on creating a user profile and searching and registering for Health Care Homes learning opportunities.

View our newest video “Open Clinical Notes: Putting Patients at the Center of Their Care” 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.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is awarding Learning Community Partnership grants to three organizations totaling $81,906. The grants support advancing the work of Health Care Homes (HCH) through partnering with a local public health agency and a behavioral health organization in a Learning Community to address shared goals to improve the health and health outcomes of a community. The grants are intended to increase and strengthen partnerships between primary care, local public health, behavioral health, and other community-based organizations through the use of data and information to support shared population health goals. The award will fund activities from September, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

The organizations selected for this award are:

  • Lakewood Health System, Staples, $30,000
  • North Memorial Health, Robbinsdale, $23,214
  • North Metro Pediatrics, PA, Coon Rapids, $29,692

For more information visit the HCH Learning Collaborative Request for Proposals webpage.

The Minnesota Department of Health requests proposals to provide training and other learning opportunities to Health Care Homes (HCH) learning community grantees and their partners to focus on increasing capacity of partnerships between primary care, behavioral health and local public health to use and share data to improve the health of the shared population.

It is the goal of this project that Learning Community grantees will increase and strengthen partnerships between local public health, primary care, behavioral health and community based organizations through better use of data and information. The contract will be for nine months starting in September 2018.

Proposals must be received by mail no later than 4:30 pm CST, August 20, 2018.

For more information visit the HCH Learning Collaborative Request for Proposals webpage.

Learners will explore shared decision making, a model of patient-centered care. Topics include defining and describing the shared decision making approach, when and how to make use of shared decision making, and what steps should be taken when implementing this model in your organizational setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe shared decision making and its potential for our health system in a rapidly changing care delivery and payment environment
  • Identify the questions you should ask to analyze and improve your shared decision making efforts
  • List the steps needed to apply these principles to your measurement and improvement priorities

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

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

  • Scenic Rivers Health Services - Bigfork

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).

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 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.

For questions contact Health.HealthCareHomes@state.mn.us.

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Updated Monday, August 13, 2018 at 02:18PM