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In 2008 Minnesota passed health care legislation to improve affordability, expand coverage and improve the overall health of Minnesotans. In addition, the 2010 Legislature mandated that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) develop and implement a demonstration testing alternative and innovative health care delivery systems, including accountable care organizations.

This Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) demonstration, formerly called the Health Care Delivery Systems (HCDS) demonstration, strives to deliver higher quality and lower costs through innovative approaches to care and payment. With this demonstration, Minnesota is one of a growing number of states to implement an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model in its Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program, with the goal of improving care for enrollees.

In March 2014, Southern Prairie Community Care became the first multi-county partnership to join the demonstration. Under the contract, SPCC will test the "Total Cost of Care" payment approach designed to support and encourage improved patient health at lower cost by agreeing to a set payment for the treatment of the entire population, rather than receiving traditional "Fee-For-Service" model where payment is tied to frequency and type of treatment.

The demonstration project is a no risk, shared savings arrangement that extends through 2016. The SPCC network's total costs for caring for enrollees in Medical Assistance will be measured against targets for both cost and quality, and participants can share in savings resulting from the program.

Related Links:

MN Department of Human Services Overview of Integrated Health Partnership Program

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