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DHS Calls for Feedback on Health Care Purchasing Reforms

Friday, November 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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New demonstration builds upon successful Integrated Health Partnerships model

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) wants feedback on health care purchasing reforms that will build upon the successful Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) program, an initiative designed to reward providers who deliver improved health care outcomes in Minnesota.

The plan for the proposed demonstration is available for review by stakeholders and the public on the DHS website. Feedback on the plan will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Public meetings are scheduled beginning next week.

The new contract framework announced by the state will bring the procurement processes across managed care organizations (MCOs) and IHP organizations in closer alignment; introduce increased transparency around health care spending and related outcomes; and move providers toward greater accountability, placing a higher value on providers that achieve better health outcomes at a reasonable cost.

Feedback gathered in the next month will shape the next request for proposals for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare contracts for children and families for 2019. Health care provider systems in the seven-county metro area will have the opportunity to submit proposals to participate in a new type of IHP contract, alongside MCOs. This effort will focus on testing new ways for providers and health plans to innovate and will require both to demonstrate value. The demonstration aims to enhance the health care enrollee experience by strengthening the patient and provider relationship; it will reward both IHPs and MCOs for improving health care outcomes, increasing efficiencies, and addressing social determinants of health.

Read the full news release.


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