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Created: 06/28/2013 4:29 PM | Print |  Email
By: Cassie Hart

Groups Want to Reduce Barriers to Health Care Delivery Reform in Minn.

Two task force groups have been formed to help guide State Innovation Model health care reforms in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health have appointed two task forces to support the Minnesota Accountable Health Model initiative, which aims to improve community health and ensure that every Minnesotan has access to team-based, coordinated, patient-centered care.

Minnesota was awarded a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in February.

The initiative will use the funds over the next 3 1/2 years to develop new ways of creating healthy communities and delivering and paying for health care.

"A better coordinated system will benefit all Minnesotans, whether they get care through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance," said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. "This initiative will also help us control costs across the health care system."

The Multi-Payer Alignment Task Force will provide strategic direction to support alignment across payers. Both task forces will hold their first meetings in mid-July.

The Community Advisory Task Force is focused on community and patient engagement, integration across the continuum of care and population health improvement.

On Friday, July 19, the task force will hold a community meeting, 10 a.m. - noon, and its first task force meeting, 1 - 4 p.m., at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E., St. Paul.

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