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The Department of Health (MDH) requests proposals for a program evaluator to design an evaluation plan to assess the impact of certified Health Care Homes clinics across Minnesota. Minnesota’s Health Care Homes Program, known nationally as a patient centered 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 or complex health conditions. The Health Care Homes (HCH) program is one of the centerpieces of Minnesota's 2008 health reform initiative. Through its focus on redesign of care delivery and meaningful engagement of patients in their care, Health Care Homes is transforming care - and lives - for millions of Minnesotans.

It is the goal of this RFP to contract with a program evaluator to work with the HCH team and its associated evaluation work group and advisory committee to design an evaluation plan to measure how implementing HCH standards for Minnesota’s primary care delivery system impacts the quadruple aim; physician and provider burnout / joy in practice; experience of care; quality of care; and value of care.

Proposals must be received by mail no later than 4:30 pm CST,
November 5, 2018.

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

The Health Care Homes program published a Request for Comments in the State Register on September 24, 2018, stating that the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services are requesting comments on possible amendments to the Health Care Homes rule.

For more information visit the Health Care Homes Rulemaking webpage.

Health Care Homes seeks proposals for concurrent breakout sessions at its daylong learning event on April 10, 2019.

The proposal deadline is November 9, 2018.

For more information, see the HCH Learning Days 2019 webpage.

April 9, 2019 - Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops
April 10, 2019 - Full Day Conference
Continuing Education and Conference Center
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

See the HCH Learning Days 2019 webpage for more information as available.

The Minnesota Department of Health announces the following clinics as newly certified Health Care Homes:

  • CentraCare Clinic - Albany
  • CentraCare Clinic - Big Lake

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

Learn about the difference between implicit and explicit bias, the various lenses through which we view our environment, and how implicit bias affects quality of care and patient health. Additional tools and resources provided. Created by Health Care Homes in partnership with Stratis Health.

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.

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 Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:01AM