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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 improvement is no longer the exclusive work of the “quality improvement” department. In order to succeed in today’s fast changing environment, you need the engagement of every person on your team to take your work to the next level. This workshop’s focus on teamwork will revitalize your change efforts!

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Prime the Pump: Activate Your Team to Accelerate Improvement - Baxter/Brainerd Area

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Prime the Pump: Activate Your Team to Accelerate Improvement -
St. Louis Park


Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Prime the Pump: Activate Your Team to Accelerate Improvement -
Redwood Falls


For more information and registration, visit Prime the Pump: Activate Your Team to Accelerate Improvement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which proposes policies for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) programs for CY 2018 to impact 2020 Medicare physician payments. The proposed rule includes a 60-day comment period, ending August 21, 2017.

CMS also released a press release along with the proposed rule.

Visit our You Tube channel to hear how Health Care Homes certification is transforming primary care and improving health for patients, families and communities.
Health Care Homes Videos.

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: Health.healthcarehomes@state.mn.us.

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

  • RiverView Clinic - Crookston

    Overall, 416 primary care clinics have been certified as Health Care Homes. Find currently certified Health Care Homes on the HCH Interactive map.

  • 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.


    Health Care Homes was a topic of conversation on WCCO's Healthy Matters radio program on Sunday June 5, 2016.

    To hear Dr. Hilden interview Bonnie LaPlante, HCH Director, and Danette Holznagel, HCH Nurse Planner, as they talk about ways HCH clinics improve care for patients and families across Minnesota, go to the Healthy Matters podcast page.

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    Updated Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:38AM