Health reform is happening on both the state and federal levels. This website includes information mainly about the landmark state health reform initiative enacted in 2008. For a broad overview of all state and federal health reform activities occurring in Minnesota, see health reform Minnesota.
The 2008 state health reform law consists of a comprehensive package of reforms designed to achieve the Triple Aim goals of improving the health of the population, the patient experience of care and the affordability of health care.
The reform package includes:
Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
SHIP will improve health and reduce demands on the health care system by decreasing the percentage of Minnesotans who are obese or overweight or use tobacco.
Health care homes
Minnesotans with complex or chronic conditions will receive coordinated care through health care homes. This new approach to primary care promotes coordinated care from a team of health care providers focusing on common goals.
- Health care providers may now apply to become certified as a health care home.
Quality, cost and payment reform
These parts of the health reform law aim to make sure the right financial incentives are in place to encourage changes in health care that reduce cost and improve quality.